A cold heavy rain expected Friday night

Futurecast

Clouds to return Thursday.  Heavy rain on the way from late Friday into Saturday morning.  A little snow possible Saturday night over the northern edge of the area.

Wednesday was another mostly sunny and cool day around the Arklatex.  Temperatures began in the low to mid 30s.  Daytime highs climbed into the low to middle 50s.  Changes are on the way for the rest of the work week.  A strong storm system that is now producing lots of rain over the west coast will move across the southern half of the country in the next several days.  This system will take a much more southerly course that the disturbance we had last Friday.  Systems like don’t produce much of a severe weather threat but often bring lots of rain.  That is exactly what we can expect here as we move into the weekend.  Look for clouds to increase Wednesday night.  We’ll see a mostly cloudy sky Thursday with a chance for a few showers over the northwestern half of the area late in the day and during the evening.  That rain will slowly increase Friday and will reach its peak intensity Friday night and early Saturday morning. See the latest outlook from Futurecast below:

While severe weather is still looking unlikely, models continue to increase the outlook on how much rainfall we might expect.  Futurecast shows that most of the area could receive anywhere from three to six inches of rain.  Temperatures will stay below normal with highs from now through the weekend in the 40s and 50s.  Lows will mainly be in the 30s and 40s. 

Models are now indicating that the extreme northern edge of the area meaning northern McCurtain county and northern Howard county will have a chance for some snow as the precipitation wraps up Saturday night.  As of right now, I don’t expect much on any accumulation as temperatures there should still be slightly above freezing.

Sunshine will return starting Monday and will still around until another disturbance brings more rain for the end of next week.  Look for a warming trend for the first half of next week daytime highs will warm from the low 50s Monday to the low 60s by Wednesday.  

Average High/Low for today’s date:  61/39.

–Todd Warren

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