WEST MONROE, La. - Good Friday morning, it's a quiet start to the day outside with temperatures in the upper 60's and mostly cloudy skies. We are starting off dry but it will not be staying that way all day long. This afternoon temperatures are going to be topping out around 79 degrees, but what we're really paying attention to is the threat for some strong to severe storms tonight into early tomorrow morning. The western half of the coverage area is under a slight risk for severe weather overnight. There's a chance to see a spotty shower or two through the early afternoon today, but the main event will be a well defined line of showers and thunderstorms that will enter the western parts of our coverage area this evening around 8-9pm and will push east. This squall line will bring the threat for severe storms, threats including damaging wind gusts, large hail, isolated tornadoes, and even some locally heavy rainfall. Winds look to be the main threat, with sustained winds around 20-25 mph and winds gusts of 30+ mph.
That line of showers and thunderstorms will continue to push through the ArkLaMiss overnight into the early morning hours. It looks to weaken a little by the time it reaches the Mississippi River, which is why the eastern half of the coverage area is only under a marginal risk. Still though, be sure you have multiple ways to receive any severe watches or warnings, including following us on social media, downloading the MyArkLaMiss app, and having your weather radio turned on. By sunrise tomorrow, the main line of showers and thunderstorms will be leaving the area.
Tomorrow there is potential for another round of showers and thunderstorms to push through the ArkLaMiss. The threat for severe storms will be lower, but there still is a chance to see some. That line will develop shortly after sunrise and work east towards the river late in the morning and early in the afternoon. Models are indicating the line to be weaker and a bit more disorganized than what we expect to see overnight. It should completely clear out by around 4-5pm tomorrow and we will clear out after that. High temperatures are going to be topping out near 80 degrees with breezy winds from the southwest,