Hot and sunny Thursday, severe storms remain possible this weekend


This may very well turn out to be our warmest day of 2019 as we push into the upper 80s, with a few areas topping 90 degrees for the first time this year. We will remain dry today and tomorrow before thunderstorms return late Saturday, bringing our next round of potential severe weather. 

This morning, out the door before 8 a.m. our temperatures will be in the mid 60s as the stretch of glorious mornings continues. We do have some fog north of I-30 in Arkansas begin reported. 

Skies will be mostly sunny again today with a light southwest breeze in the 5 to 10 mph range. The south wind has increased our humidity this week and will result in some scattered clouds today but no rainfall. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s with a few areas along/south of I-20 potentially topping 90 degrees. 

This weekend we will see the chance of rain/storms return. The weekend won’t be a washout as outdoor plans are in good shape Saturday morning, and for most of the day Sunday. Storms will increase Saturday evening through early Sunday morning. 

The Storm Prediction Center indicates that we have an ‘enhanced risk’ and  ‘slight risk’ of severe storms Saturday afternoon through the overnight hours. High wind will be the primary threat, with secondary threats for a few tornadoes, large hail, and flooding. 

A strong line of storms will develop Saturday in central Texas and Oklahoma and move into the ArkLaTex Saturday afternoon or evening. The storms will pack a punch as they move into Texas and Oklahoma but should weaken throughout the night. The severe weather threat Sunday will shift northeast of the ArkLaTex. 

Rainfall totals this weekend will be in the 1 to 2 inch range north of I-20, but additional rainfall early next week could push accumulations over 3 inches in some areas. This will keep lakes and rivers in flood stage or running very high for the upcoming week. 

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