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Weather week ahead: strong to severe storms possible Saturday

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Expect breezy and warmer Friday.  Storms threaten part of the area Saturday with severe weather possible.

Thursday was another beautiful weather day across the Arklatex.  We had plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures.  It was rather chilly Thursday morning with temperatures close to freezing over much of the area.  Thanks to plenty of sunshine, temperatures nearly doubled during the day with daytime highs in the low to mid 60s.  That warming trend will continue into Friday and Saturday. Expect plenty of sunshine Friday.  That sun will combine with a breezy south wind to warm temperatures into the 70s for most of the area.  

The weekend will begin on a stormy note Saturday.  We’ll see a few scattered showers over the eastern half of the Arklatex in SW AR and NW LA during the morning.  Thunderstorms will begin to develop over E OK and W AR Saturday afternoon.  This activity will move ESE through the NE half of the area during the afternoon and evening.  It looks like we will have the ingredients in place to produce a few severe storms with all severe threats on the table.  That includes a chance for some very large hail and a few tornadoes.  The Storm Prediction Center indicates that the NE quarter of the area has a slight risk.  The areas of green in the map below have a marginal risk as any severe issue will be more isolated.

Expect a dry weather pattern to settle back over the Arklatex starting Sunday.  It’s possible that we could stay dry through next week until another disturbance brings another shot for some thunderstorms next Saturday.  Cooler temperatures will return to the region Sunday with highs falling back to the upper 50s to low 60s.  Lows will fall back to the 30s and 40s.  Warmer temperatures should return by the end of next week.

Average high/low for today’s date:  67/45

–Todd Warren

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