Strong storms and very heavy rain for the northern half of the Arklatex Wednesday night. Drier weather settles in for a few days. Area lakes and rivers to remain near flood stage.
Much of the Arklatex experience some showers and thundershowers Wednesday. Look for that rain to increase Wednesday evening and Wednesday night. Severe weather will be possible with damaging wind as the biggest threat. We will have a window this evening where a rotating storm or two will be possible. That window will likely close as we go through the overnight hours. Look for the storms to move into the northwest edge of the area Wednesday evening. They will arrive in Texarkana between 10p-12a and in Shreveport after 3am. Look for the storms to be much weaker as they move in to E TX and NW LA later tonight. We could have a few lingering showers Thursday morning. Those will give way to a slow decrease in the clouds from north to south Thursday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center still indicates that we have a slight risk for severe weather over mainly NE TX, SE OK, & SW AR. That risk quickly decreases as you move south into E TX and NW LA.
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for most of the Arklatex through Thursday morning. Futurecast indicates that we’ll see a big variation in rainfall totals around the area with 2 to 4″ possible over the northern part of the area and 1/2″ or less across the south. Expect crest forecast on area lakes and rivers to change in the coming days with the heavy rain expected over the northern part of the Arklatex. Also, due to releases on area lakes, expect river levels around the area to remain near flood stage for possibly the next few weeks.
A dryer weather pattern will settle in after Wednesday night’s rain. We will see some rain late Sunday into Monday, but rainfall totals are not expected to be too heavy at this time. Stay Tuned!