Last gloomy day, but rain chances will linger. Plus, the latest on Florence and the Gulf

Last gloomy day, but rain chances will linger. Plus, the latest on Florence and the Gulf
Last gloomy day, but rain chances will linger. Plus, the latest on Florence and the Gulf (James Parish)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Today will be our last gloomy day before we start to see more sunshine. With less clouds and rain, temperatures will be a little warmer and much more seasonable the rest of the week. Don’t put the rain gear away just yet, though. Isolated to scattered showers and storms will still be possible at times, mainly during the afternoon.

The overnight will be mostly cloudy. Even though it's not likely, a stray shower or storm can't be ruled out. Lows will be near 70 degrees.

We'll start to see a little more sunshine on Thursday. However, most will see more clouds than sunshine. A few showers and storms will be possible, mainly during the afternoon. Temperatures will be more seasonable. Highs will be on either side of 90 degrees.

Our rain chances will be a little bit higher on Friday and Saturday, but it’s going to be far from a washout. Right now, we are only expecting isolated to scattered showers and storms. Highs on Friday will be in the low 90s. Any showers or storms that are around should start to diminish by kickoff of high school football games. Widespread game delays are not expected. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s at 7 p.m.

From this distance, the upcoming weekend doesn't look bad at all. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s on Saturday and Sunday. Both days should feature a fair amount of sunshine, especially Sunday. A few showers and storms will be possible on both days as well. The rain coverage could be a little bit more widespread on Saturday, especially across parts of E TX. Neither day is going to be a washout. Most will not need to worry about dodging any raindrops.

The start of next week will feature slim rain chances and highs in the low to mid 90s.

Florence is still a major hurricane and could strengthen before approaching the Carolina Coast by Friday morning. The forecast track for Florence continues to shift to the left as it approaches coast and moves inland. Florence is also expected to slowdown as it approaches the Carolina Coast and moves inland or could stall out along the coast. If Florence stalls out near or along the coast, it’s impacts on NC and SC could greatly increase. Hurricane-force winds could continue to batter the coast and heavy rain could lead to catastrophic flooding. Some parts of SC and NC could easily see 2′ to 3′ of rain.

We are also keeping a close eye on a tropical disturbance that is moving northwest across the western half of the Gulf of Mexico. This system will likely develop into a tropical depression or storm later this week. Right now, it does not look like it will impact the ArkLaTex. However, it could bring heavy rain to portions of Texas.

Have a great night!

KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish

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