A strong storm system is set to impact the ArkLaTex late Wednesday night through Friday. This storm system will bring in rain, a few strong storms, gusty winds and maybe a few snowflakes.
First Alert Meteorologist James Parish will track the rain and a few strong storms hour-by-hour on FutureTrack in the video below.
Even though rain and few storms are likely Thursday morning, these showers and storms will likely not pose a threat of severe weather. More storms are expected to develop Thursday afternoon and evening. It is these storms the KSLA First Alert Weather Team will have to keep a close eye for the potential of severe weather. The strongest storms that develop Thursday afternoon and evening could produce strong to damaging wind gusts and large hail. The tornado threat is low, but not zero.
Most of the ArkLaTex will be under a Marginal Risk of severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening. This is the lowest severe weather risk level on our severe weather spectrum, so widespread or significant severe weather is not expected. If severe weather occurs, it will likely be isolated.
Widespread heavy rainfall and flash flooding will likely not be a major concern. Most places Thursday through Friday will only pick up 0.5-1.5″. Some places could see more, while others could see a little less. This much rain will likely not cause any additional flooding issues. The latest run of FutureTrack shows the heaviest rain falling north of I-30 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 late Thursday night into Friday morning across E TX. No accumulations or travel problems are expected.
This strong storm system will be more than just a rain maker. It is also going to be a wind machine. Strong northwest winds at 10-20 mph will develop across the ArkLaTex Thursday night into Friday. Wind gusts Friday morning could be up to 40 mph across E TX and SE OK. Strong wind gusts between 20-30 mph will spread throughout the rest of the area late Friday morning into Friday afternoon. Make sure to have your holiday decorations and inflatables anchored down Thursday night into Friday.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert on the potential for strong storms Thursday afternoon and gusty winds on Friday. Here are a few ways you can stay up-to-date with the forecast outside of our newscasts: