SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Saturday, May 18th

Weather

2:30 P.M. Update: A Tornado Watch is in effect for Columbia and Ouachita counties in southern Arkansas until 8 P.M. this evening. 

Not much as changed since the last Storm Prediction Center update. An Enhanced (3/5) risk remains for mainly the northwestern half of the ArkLaMiss, with a Slight (2/5) for most everyone else, and a Marginal (1/5) for our river parishes. 

Storms are expected to enter the ArkLaMiss a few hours after sunset, with the line slowly dwindling as it moves further east. Still, all modes of severe weather will be possible; damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes.

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7:30 A.M. Update: The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK has UPGRADED our severe weather potential for late Saturday into Sunday morning, with an Enhanced (3/5) risk for mainly the northwestern half of the ArkLaMiss, with most everyone in a Slight (2/5), and a Marginal (1/5) for our river parishes.

An upper level disturbance will move across the ArkLaMiss later tonight into the morning hours Sunday. All modes of severe weather will be possible, including damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes. 

Make sure you are staying weather aware through the course of the day and night. Updates will be provided once new information becomes available.

*Outlooks courtesy of Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK

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WEST MONROE, La. — (5/17/19) A large storm system entering the central United States will bring showers and storms back into the forecast for much of the weekend. An isolated severe threat may also materialize, especially in our western counties/parishes, late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

An early morning complex of storms will enter the ArkLaTex region by late morning. Some severe storms will be possible as these storms start to weaken over our area by early to mid afternoon. Some isolated damaging winds or large hail will be the main hazards. As with most severe threats, an isolated tornado can’t be completely ruled out.

As the frontal system nudges closer late Saturday night into the pre-dawn hours on Sunday, more isolated severe storms could develop. Regardless, showers and storms will develop during that stretch. Rain totals for most locations should be less than one inch.

Isolated storms will remain possible through much of next week as high temperatures remain in the upper 80s to low 90s.

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