So far Wednesday has been a warm and breezy afternoon. We haven’t seen much rain as of yet. Rain will be on the increase later on tonight into the overnight hours. Some thunderstorms along the main line could be strong to severe. The window for the squall line to push through will be around midnight. Around midnight, the line should be entering our western areas of the ArkLaTex. Then, the line will shift towards Shreveport around 2-5 AM. The storms will exit the region later in the morning.
Right now, the main threats are damaging winds and hail. Isolated tornadoes are possible along the squall line tonight. We will see a lot of rain tonight. On average, we will see anywhere between 2-4 inches with locally heavier amounts. Once the rain finish, we will see skies decrease Thursday afternoon and evening. It will be a warm afternoon for the Independence Bowl with temperatures into the 70s. The cold front will knock temperatures down into the 40s by Friday morning.
Our next weather maker will arrive by the weekend into New Year’s Eve. More rain is expected during this time frame. The rain will move out by Monday evening. We will end 2018 and start 2019 with temperatures into the 40s and 50s. Next Wednesday, temperatures will be below freezing.