8:40 pm update: Radar shows that the rain mainly over the northern half of the Arklatex continues to decrease in coverage and intensity.
That includes most of Columbia county and Magnolia, AR. These photos from Marsha Keopple in Magnolia and Rooster Shackleford in Columbia county show the result of five to nearly ten inches of rainfall that fell in parts of Columbia county.
6:30 pm update: The National Weather Service has canceled the Severe Thunderstorm Watch that was in effect for most of the Arklatex. While the thunderstorms have weakened, we continue to see moderate to heavy rain over much of the area. The main concern for flooding will be in areas that received heavy rain this morning. A Flash Flood Warning is now in effect for all of Columbia county and the northern parts of Webster and Clairborne parishes until 11:30pm. These areas have already received anywhere from five to ten inches of rain. Look for the rain to decrease in coverage and intensity throughout the night.
515 Storm Update: Strong storms have just moved through the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area. Swepco is reporting nearly 5000 customers without power in the wake of the storms. You can see from the radar loop below that most of the storms in NW LA have weakened dramatically in the past hour. The strongest storms are now over E TX and northern Caddo parish and are moving to the northwest. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect ahead of the line for all of NE TX and a small part of SW AR until 9pm.
230 pm update: A severe thunderstorm watch continues for the southeast half of the area until 9pm. Radar loop below shows strong storms entering the southern edge of the area. These storms are capable of producing winds of 40 to 60 mph. Another threat from this activity will be very heavy rain that could produce some localized flooding. The main complex of storms that will end the severe weather threat once it passes should enter the southern edge of the area by 4pm. This will probably bring the biggest wind threat to areas south of Interstate 20.
1:15 pm LIVE update: Scattered storms continue to develop over the southern half of the area. Quick update on these storms and what’s left of the storms over the south half of the area. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch will soon be issued for the south part of the area.
12:45 pm Update: The Storm Prediction Center indicates that a watch will likely be issued soon for the southern part of the Arklatex. Main threat this afternoon will be wind. Some large hail and a tornado or two will also be a possibility. The biggest threat will be with the complex of storms now over SE TX. A look at the radar loop below shows scattered storms starting to develop out ahead of the complex. These could drop some hail at times this afternoon.
12:00 pm Update: Heavy rain moving through the northern half of the Arklatex. These storms are not severe but capable of producing small hail and gusts in excess of 30 mph in spots. These storms will move out of the area early this afternoon. More storms will develop and/or move into the southern half of the area later this afternoon. These will pose the biggest severe weather threat. SPC now indicates that we have an enhanced risk for severe storms from Shreveport and points south this afternoon into the evening hours. Wind and hail will be the biggest threats, but an isolated tornado cannot totally be ruled out.
11:00 am LIVE update: Law enforcement around Magnolia, AR report that severel roads in Magnolia, AR are underwater including US Hwy 79. Heavy rain continues there and over parts of NW LA, NE TX, and SW AR. Live update on current storms and the latest on more on the way late this afternoon further south.
10:40 am Update: Radar indicates line starting to accelerate to the north. New storms developing in NE TX and SW AR ahead of the line. This activity will likely stay below severe limits but small hail and very heavy rain can still be expected. Another live update coming at around 11am.
Live Thunderstorm Update 4/7 915am: Update on thunderstorms moving northeast across the northern half of the Arklatex. Hail will be the biggest threat with these storms. Currently no watches in effect. More storms expected later this afternoon as the main upper level low approaches from the southwest.
7:30am Sunday: Scattered strong thunderstorms are now ongoing over the northern half of the area . We do have some hail in spots. These storms are moving towards the northeast and should weaken some this morning as they move out of the area.
The bigger storm threat today will probably come from the main upper level low that is prodcuing strong to severe thunderstjorms over south Texas this morning. As you can see from Futurecast. Some of these storms will move across mainly the southern half of the area this afternoon. Large hailand damaging wind will be the biggest concerns. The tornado risk looks low but can’t totally; be ruled out.
The Storm Prediction Center indicates that our severe weather risk today is slight over areas south of Interstate 30 and just marginal further north. We will also have to pay attention to heavy rain today. given the amount of rain that fell in spots yesterday, Some localized flash flooding will be possible today. Look for the severe weather threat to end tonight and the rain to end Monday.