(KSLA) - It's time to dust of your rain gear. Odds are you probably going to need at least one or twice by the end of the week. Keep it handy this weekend too. More showers and storms are expected on both Saturday and Sunday.
Even though rain and storms are likely on Thursday and Friday and decent rain chances will be in play this weekend, no day is going to be a complete washout. It's not going to be raining everywhere all day. There will be periods of widely scattered showers and storms and periods of no rain.
Right now, the threat of severe weather looks very low. However, a few stronger storms capable of strong wind gusts, heavy rain and frequent lightning cannot be ruled out.
Through Saturday morning, the heaviest rain will likely fall across the I-30 corridor. Across the northern half of the ArkLaTex widespread rainfall totals of 1"-3" are expected. A few isolated areas could see close to 4" of rain. Rainfall totals won't be quite as high across the southern half of the area. Across the I-20 corridor and points south, rainfall totals will likely be between 0.5"-1.5".
Scattered to widely scattered showers and storms will drop south and into the ArkLaTex this afternoon. The latest severe weather outlook shows the northern half of the area is under a Marginal Risk of severe weather today. Keep in mind, a Marginal Risk is 1 out 5 or the lowest risk level. A strong to severe storm capable of damaging winds and heavy rain will be possible this afternoon, mainly across the I-30 corridor.
By 4PM, scattered showers and storms will be dropping to the southeast across parts of NE TX, SE OK and SW AR. A strong storm or two will be possible at this time. Watch out for gusty winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning.
The showers and storms will start to lose their punch and diminish as they drop to the southeast late this afternoon and evening. By 8PM, the latest run of FutureTrack doesn't show much rain activity. A shower or storm will still be possible.
More showers and storms are expected to develop during the overnight. By 8AM Thursday, the latest run of FutureTrack shows scattered showers and storms across parts of SW AR. The I-30 corridor will have the best chance of rain Thursday morning. If you plan on traveling on I-30 or around Texarkana Thursday morning, make sure to give yourself some extra time. Heavy rain and wet roads could slow you down.
Most of the of the morning showers and storms will diminish by midday. However. more showers and storms are expected to develop Thursday afternoon.
The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert when it comes to the potential for multiple rounds of rain through the weekend. Here are a few ways you can stay up to date with the latest forecast: