Your weekend forecast from Chief Meteorologist Jarod Floyd

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UPDATE: 8:42 p.m. — The forecast remains on-track for a significant severe weather episode to unfold across the region tomorrow. As of this evening, computer models continue to indicate a very unstable airmass ahead of a volatile upper-level disturbance through the day on Saturday. All modes of severe weather will be possible, with a special emphasis on the potential for long-tracked, significant tornadoes.

Please remain weather aware through the day tomorrow.

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UPDATE: 5:18 p.m. — Thunderstorm activity should erupt through the daytime hours on Saturday. A vigorous storm system will move through our region tomorrow, and severe weather appears likely.

The local picture shows expansive clouds starting to clear a bit, but will fill back in tonight as a warm front drifts back over the region. This front will establish a very favorable environment for strong to severe storms through the afternoon and evening tomorrow. All modes of severe weather will be possible, including damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain. However, there is a special emphasis on the potential for strong tornadoes through the afternoon and evening.

Severe weather parameters will remain high through the late night hours. Most of the storms will exit the region shortly before midnight. However, residents are urged to take all necessary precautions and remain weather aware constantly through the day tomorrow. Skies will clear with cooler temperatures for Sunday, but more storms are possible early next week.

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(4/12/2019) Good Friday morning! It’s a cool start outside this morning after last nights cold front has passed through the ArkLaMiss. We’ve got temperatures in the 40’s-50’s as you step out. A light jacket or sweater might be a good idea. We’re going to warm up this afternoon into the mid 70’s with increasing cloud cover and the potential for a few isolated showers. Winds will be from the east.

Skies will remain cloudy overnight with lows in the lower 60’s and winds starting to shift from the south.

We’re looking at a potentially significant severe weather threat for Saturday as the ArkLaMiss is now under a *moderate* risk for severe storms.

All modes of severe weather are likely, including a few strong tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall is also expected. Tomorrow afternoon is going to be the best window for strong storms to develop across our coverage area and when we should see the highest threat. We have a combination of lots of moisture, high instability, and high wind shear which will give developing storms the chance to rotate. Tornadoes and damaging winds will be the primary threats. It’ll be important to stay weather aware!

Be sure to have a severe weather plan in place and have multiple ways to receive watches and warnings to your phone. You can download our KTVE/KARD Weather App and it will automatically send you alerts. We’ll also be very active on social media tomorrow with the latest updates to keep you informed.

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