Even though Fall started on Saturday, it hasn't felt like it so far this work week. Luckily, a cold front will push through the ArkLaTex on Wednesday. Showers and storms will develop along and ahead of the front and cooler and less humid air will follow the front. Many places could wake up to temperatures in the 50s Thursday morning and only top out near 80 degrees. Right now, Thursday is looking like the pick day of the week.
The cold front will start to drop south into the area tonight. Places along and north of I-30 will have the best chance of waking up to showers and storms. For many, the overnight will just be warm and muggy. Lows will be near or just above 70 degrees. However, places behind the front Wednesday morning could wake up to temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.
More showers and storms will develop further as the front pushes south across the rest of the area Wednesday morning and afternoon. Our rain chances will decrease from north to south across the area on Wednesday. The front will likely be through the area by Wednesday evening and that is when most of the heavy rain will be out of the area. The overall threat of severe weather is very low. However, a stronger storm capable of strong wind gusts or heavy rain can’t be ruled out. The heavy rain could lead to localized flooding in some locations. High temperatures on Wednesday will range from the mid 70s up north to the mid 80s down south.
Cooler and drier air will follow the front. Many of us will get their first taste of fall Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Overnight could range from mid 50s up north to the mid 60s down south. Thursday morning could feature the coolest temperatures since May. Highs on Thursday will still be warm, but below average for this time of year. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
The cold front that will push through on Wednesday will do a 180 degree turn around and move north across the area late this week into the weekend. This will bring warmer temperatures and the humidity back to the area. Highs Friday through Sunday will be in the low to mid 80s. A few showers and storms will be possible at times, too.
The start of next week looks very warm. It looks like an upper-level ridge or an area of high pressure will be build west over the area. This will lead to warmer than average temperatures. There could also be a few showers and storms around.
Have a good night!
KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish