FIRST ALERT: Rain returns tonight through the end of the work week

All eyes are on our next major storm system and cold front that will impact the ArkLaTex tonight through Friday. This system and cold front will bring in rain, a few strong storms, gusty winds and maybe a few snowflakes.

Despite a cloudy sky, this afternoon is going to be mild. Highs will be near or just above 60 degrees. Also, most will not need their rain gear today.

Rain and a few storms will develop late tonight through Thursday morning. The most widespread rain will develop along and south of the I-20 corridor. Thursday morning’s commute could be sloppy with widespread rain and wet roads. More showers and storms will develop Thursday afternoon and evening. This when a few strong to severe storms will be possible. Even though most of the area will be under a Marginal Risk of severe weather on Thursday, the greatest threat of strong storms will likely be along and south of I-20.

Wrap around rain will likely continue Thursday night through Friday afternoon. Even though temperatures at the ground will stay well above freezing, there will be very cold air aloft, which could mean a few snowflakes could mix in with the rain Thursday night into Friday morning. No accumulations or travel problems are expected. The best chance for a rain/snow mix will be across E TX.

Friday will be a cloudy, damp, windy and chilly day. Places along and north of I-20 will have the best chance of rain on Friday. Highs will only be in the low to mid 50s. Expect a NW wind at 10-20 mph. Wind gusts could be up to 40 mph in spots. The wind will start to settle down Friday evening into Friday night.

The weather will greatly improve by the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a fair amount sunshine and highs in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees.

Have a great Wednesday!

KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish

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