FIRST ALERT: More burn bans are likely before rain returns

FIRST ALERT: More burn bans are likely before rain returns

Burn bans have been issued for several parishes and counties in the ArkLaTex.

And with more heat and little to no rain in the forecast through the weekend, more burn bans likely will be issued.

The map below shows which parishes and counties are under a burn ban as of Tuesday afternoon.

Current burn bans
  • Northwest Louisiana: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Webster and Red River parishes
  • East Texas: Franklin, Harrison, Panola and Rusk counties
  • Southwest Arkansas: Columbia, Hempstead, Lafayette and Nevada counties

These burn bans will remain in effect until we receive significant rainfall.

Our rain chances will remain slim at best through the weekend.

However, our rain chances will start to ramp up early next week.

A cold front will slowly drop south through the ArkLaTex on Monday and Tuesday.

This front will be the focal point for showers and storms.  Hopefully, this front will bring in some beneficial rain.

Right now, it looks like showers and storms will increase throughout the day Monday into Monday night.

Our best chance of rain could come Tuesday morning, which could cause problems for the commute to work.

The showers and storms likely will wrap up from north to south Tuesday afternoon.

Right now, it does not look like this front is going to bust the drought.

However, it should bring in beneficial rain.

It's still a little too early to pinpoint rainfall totals. However, the latest run of FutureTrack shows widespread rainfall totals of a half-inch to 1 inch with some places seeing a little less or a little more.

Until Monday, the main weather headline will be the heat and humidity.

We got a break from triple-digit temperatures and the humidity Tuesday.

And even though most places will be back up near 100 degrees Wednesday, the humidity should remain rather low.

With the lower humidity, heat indices will be near the actual air temperature Wednesday.

The humidity will start creeping back up toward the end of this workweek and into the weekend.

With high humidity levels and temperatures near 100 degrees, heat indices will start to top 105 degrees Friday.

More dangerous heat will be possible this weekend.

It's also possible that parts of the ArkLaTex will be under a heat advisory Friday through the weekend.

The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert when it comes to the potential of dangerous heat later this week and our rain chances early next week!

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