Here’s your First Alert that heavy rain and a few strong storms could impact your Saturday.
Showers and storms will start to increase across E TX and SE OK late tonight and spread into NW LA and SW AR by Saturday morning. Scattered to numerous showers and storms will continue late Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon before diminishing from west to east across the area Saturday evening. A few more showers and storms could redevelop Saturday night into Sunday morning. Here’s the very latest hour-by-hour forecast with FutureTrack.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will remain in effect for every parish and county in the ArkLaTex along and south of I-20 through 7 p.m. Saturday. This does include Shreveport-Bossier, Marshall, Minden and Natchitoches. Additional rainfall totals within the watch will likely be between 1-3″. Keep in mind, the ground is already saturated, and it won’t take a lot of additional heavy rain to cause flooding or flash flooding, especially in flood prone or low-lying areas. Rainfall totals along and north of the I-30 corridor probably won’t be as high. Additional rainfall totals across the northern half of the ArkLaTex will likely only be between 0.5-1.0″ of rain.
Even though the main threat Friday night - Saturday will be heavy rain, a few stronger storms can’t be ruled out. On Saturday, most of NW LA and portions of E TX will be under a MARGINAL risk of severe weather. This is 1 out of 5 on our severe weather scale. Overall, the threat of severe weather looks isolated. If a stronger storm develops, it could produce strong to damaging wind gusts.
This weekend is going to be a tale of two stories. Rain and storms will impact your Saturday, especially early in the day. Highs on Saturday will range from the upper 60s to the low 70s. Sunday is definitely going to be the better half of the weekend because it will be the drier and sunnier half. A few showers can’t be ruled out Sunday morning, though. Highs on Sunday will be in the mid to upper 70s. The weather shouldn’t washout any plans you have with mom on Sunday for Mother’s Day!
It looks like next isn’t going to be nearly as wet as this week. Our best chance of rain next week will come towards the middle of the week. Right now, the threat of severe weather and additional heavy rain look low. Most places probably won’t even record an inch of rain next week, which is a good thing. The area could use some time to dry things out.
Even though the threat of additional heavy rain will come to an end this weekend, flooding will likely continue and our lake and river levels will continue to need to monitored. FLOOD WARNINGS are already in effect for many of our local lakes and rivers.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team is your First Alert on the potential for more heavy rain and flooding through the weekend. Here’s how you can stay up to date with the latest forecast: