SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The severe weather threat diminishes for the early evening, but more storms later tonight may bring a renewed risk for additional severe weather, primarily in the form of some strong wind gusts and hail. Heavy rain will also keep the risk of flash flooding high. After a little break Thursday afternoon, more widespread rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday with additional flooding risks possible.
Scattered storms will redevelop by mid to late evening in east Texas. Storms will track eastward through the area through early Thursday. Some strong storms and heavy rain can be expected. Lows tonight will be in the upper 60s. Showers and storms will be most numerous Thursday morning. By afternoon only a few isolated showers or storms are expected. High temperatures will get back into the mid 80s.
A cold front settling through the area Friday will bring renewed chances for rain and storms. As the front stalls in the area Saturday more rounds of rain and storms are likely to start the weekend. The threat for severe weather looks diminished, but with multiple waves of heavy rain the risk of flooding will go up. Highs Friday and Saturday will be in the low 70s.
Drier weather should return in time for Mother’s Day with highs in the upper 70s. We’ll start next week dry, but expect more rain and storm chances toward midweek. Highs will get back into the 80s by Monday.
More than 65,000 SWEPCO customers are still without power after storms moved across the ArkLaTex Wednesday afternoon.
The shelter in place has been lifted for all Caddo Parish Schools. However, according to a tweet from Bossier Schools, all buses, except #120, were given the all clear and began taking students home.
A family of seven escaped serious injury Wednesday when a tree fell on their house in southwest Shreveport. It happened as storms passed over the Southern Hills area.
The two adults and five children took shelter in a bathroom of their house in the 2900 block of Salem Drive. Now they are trying to salvage the contents of their home.
Today is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY due to the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms and heavy rain.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to impact the ArkLaTex this morning through the afternoon. Even though a stronger storm can’t be ruled out, the threat of severe weather remains lows this morning. More storms will develop this afternoon and evening. This line of storms could pose a threat of severe weather. The latest run of FutureTrack shows showers and thunderstorms developing ahead of the main line of storms this afternoon. These storms could pose a threat of severe weather, too. The threat of severe weather could linger longer into the evening and overnight than what previously thought. Here’s the very latest run of FutureTrack below.
The threat of severe weather today has gone down a little since first thing this morning. The ENHANCED risk of severe weather for today and tonight has been downgraded to a SLIGHT risk of severe. Even though the threat of severe weather has been lowered we can’t let our guard down. There is still the potential for severe weather.
The main threats with the strongest storms that develop this afternoon and evening will be strong to damaging wind gusts and hail. The tornado threat is low, but not zero. The tornado threat will be the highest within any storms that develop out ahead of the main line of storms this afternoon and evening.
Heavy rainfall capable of flooding and flash flooding will also be possible. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for almost the entire area until 7AM Thursday. Widespread rainfall totals will be between 2-4″+ of rain. The latest run of FutureTrack shows the potential for some rain and thunderstorms to train later this afternoon and evening. This could lead to heavy rain falling on top of heavy rain and flash flooding. This is why the latest run of FutureTrack shows some places between I-20 and I-30 picking up on over 4″ of rain by Thursday afternoon.
The threat of severe weather will continue into Thursday. Most of the area will be under a SLIGHT risk of severe weather. A few strong to severe storms will be possible Thursday morning and again late Thursday into Thursday night. Strong wind gusts and hail will be the main threats. There will also be the potential for heavy rain and flooding. By Friday, the greatest threat of severe weather will likely drop south of the ArkLaTex.
The threat of severe weather will go down as we wrap up the work week and head into the weekend. However, the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding will continue to increase. The heaviest rain will likely develop across the southern half of the area Friday through Saturday. The rain will start to taper off Saturday night into Sunday. Right now, Sunday afternoon looks dry, so plans with mom on Mother’s Day shouldn’t be washed out. Widespread rainfall totals across the southern half of the area through Sunday afternoon could be between 4-8″ of rain. With more heavy rain in the forecast, local river and lake levels will continue to rise.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to bring you hourly updates on the KSLA First Alert Weather app today.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team is your First Alert on the potential for severe weather and heavy rain this week. Here’s how you can stay up to date with the latest forecast: