Friday Morning: Scattered showers today; Strong to severe storms likely early Saturday morning through lunchtime

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StormTracker Forecast…Today will feel more like a springy Friday with highs nearing 80 degrees. Scattered showers are likely, but we are not anticipating severe weather this afternoon.

A Wind Advisory is in place Friday evening through Saturday afternoon as frequent wind gusts of 30-40 (or greater) miles per hour can be expected. Be sure to secure any loose objects outdoors.

A dynamic storm system is developing to our northwest and will bring parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana the threat for severe weather today and tonight. The Storm Prediction Center has placed areas in southern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas, western Mississippi, western Tennessee, and northern Louisiana, including Shreveport and Monroe, under a Moderate Risk (threat level 4 of 5) for severe weather. The main threat for these areas will be widespread damaging winds and tornadoes. The threat for severe weather shifts eastward to our area late tonight/overnight and into Saturday. You will want to have multiple ways to receive warnings as you go to bed tonight.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our entire area under an Enhanced Risk (3 out of 5) for severe weather on Saturday. Also, there is a 10% chance for “significant severe weather” for our area — strong tornadoes, large hail, and damaging wind of 75 miles per hour or greater. We will be monitoring for the potential for isolated cells to form out ahead of a squall line. Those isolated cells will have the highest potential to spawn tornadoes, including strong tornadoes. Also, they will have the potential to cause damaging wind. The squall line will mainly pose the threat for straight line winds. Currently, the timing appears to be during the overnight or pre-dawn hours through around lunchtime on Saturday. Keep in mind, the window of opportunity is broad because the system is still evolving and may speed up or slow down; therefore, you want to be ready to take action, should any warnings be issued.

Rain should clear by the afternoon and temperatures will be in the 60s. Rain holds off through Sunday night before the same system lifts to the north from the Gulf as a warm front. Rain chances are elevated Monday and Tuesday.

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