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Friday is a First Alert Weather Day with a few severe storms possible

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The threat of strong to severe storms returns to the ArkLaTex on Friday. Most of the area has been placed under a ‘Slight’ risk of severe weather, or ‘2′ on a scale of one to five. The risk of severe weather looks highest close to and south of I-30.

Much of the ArkLaTex is under a 'Slight' risk of severe weather Friday
Much of the ArkLaTex is under a 'Slight' risk of severe weather Friday(Source: KSLA)

Widespread severe weather is not expected, but a few storms may get strong enough to produce damage. Strong wind gusts above 60 mph and large hail bigger than quarters are the greatest threat. An isolated tornado or 2 is also possible.

Damaging wind and hail are the greatest threats from Friday's storms
Damaging wind and hail are the greatest threats from Friday's storms(Source: KSLA)

Much of the day will see just a few scattered showers around. By late afternoon storms will be on the increase and could begin producing severe weather. Futuretrack at 5pm Friday shows storms increasing to our west and starting to move into parts of east Texas.

Futuretrack at 5pm Friday
Futuretrack at 5pm Friday(Source: KSLA)

By 9pm strong to severe storms will have built into parts of southern Arkansas and northwest Louisiana and could still be a threat in east Texas.

Futuretrack at 9pm Friday
Futuretrack at 9pm Friday(Source: KSLA)

The threat for severe weather is expected to be winding down around or shortly after midnight as storms begin exiting the ArkLaTex.

Futuretrack at midnight Friday night
Futuretrack at midnight Friday night(Source: KSLA)

In addition to the severe weather threat, locally heavy rain can also be expected. Rain totals of 2-3″ look possible in some areas with as much as 4″ possible in isolated spots.

2-3 inches of rain may fall in some areas
2-3 inches of rain may fall in some areas(Source: KSLA)

The KSLA First Alert Weather team will be monitoring the weather situation and tracking the storms as they move in. Here’s how you can stay First Alert about what to expect:

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