Severe weather brings cold, rain, outages to ArkLaTex
The cold front as it appeared at 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
A cold front from the west mingled with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico to bring severe weather to the ArkLaTex on Wednesday, dropping trees and temperatures as the system moved east.
"There are storms still. But the cold air chopped the storms off at the knees," says KSLA News 12 Chief Meteorologist Stephen Parr. "Severe weather is unlikely to continue now that the front has passed," he says.
There were numerous reports of fallen trees, power outages, minor traffic accidents, flooding of low-lying areas, and other incidents as the storm moved through the ArkLaTex from about 6 to 11 p.m.
Strong winds in Texarkana, Texas left as many as 30 cars with shattered side windows. There was no tornado, but some Texarkana residents say they couldn't tell the difference.
Some ArkLaTex school officials kept students from going outside after the bell. And, they say, after looking at the damage, they made the right decision.
As of 10:22 p.m., SWEPCO reported that as many as 1,744 customers were without power in Caddo (208), Bossier (207), Webster (135), Red River (597), Natchitoches (381), and Vernon (196) parishes. That's down from the 3,651 customers without power just an hour before.
Authorities reported no weather-related deaths or injuries.