Good afternoon! Today will be our last sunny day before storms and the risk of severe weather return this weekend. More rain and storms will be possible early next week as well. By midweek, we’ll see more of summer-like weather pattern develop, which means less rain and more sunshine and heat. Most places will hit 90 degrees for the first time this year late next week or Memorial Day weekend.
This afternoon will be mostly sunny and very warm, if not hot! Highs will be in the upper 80s. Even though it's not likely, a stray shower or downpour can't be ruled out in the heat of the day this afternoon. This evening is going to be warm. Temperatures won't drop back into 70s until 7 or 8 p.m.
The overnight will mostly clear and mild. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s.
The timing of the showers and storms on Saturday has changed over the last 24 hours. The latest runs of FutureTrack are showing the storms moving into E TX and SE OK late Saturday morning. These storms could continue to spread farther east into NW LA and SW AR Saturday afternoon. Additional showers and storms could develop Saturday evening and Saturday night, especially across NW LA and SW AR.
There will be the potential for severe weather. Most of E TX, SE OK and SW AR and a small portion of NW LA are under an ENHANCED risk of severe weather Saturday - Saturday night. The rest of NW LA and SW AR are under a SLIGHT risk of severe weather. All modes of severe weather will be possible. Strong to damaging wind gusts will be the main threat. Widespread heavy rainfall and flooding is not expected. However, locally heavy rainfall could lead to localized flooding.
Highs on Saturday will be in the low to mid 80s. Places that see more rain and storms won’t be quite as warm.
With the potential of scattered storms coming in sooner on Saturday, there is the potential a shower or storm could impact the air show at Barksdale AFB and the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off in the Magnolia, AR.
More showers and storms will continue to develop Saturday night into Sunday morning. The rain will be most widespread Sunday morning, especially across NW LA and SW AR. The rain will likely move out of the area by Sunday afternoon. Expect a clearing sky throughout the day. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s.
Have a great day!
KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish