With a front moving into the area overnight, the National Weather Service of Shreveport, La., on Wednesday morning issued a severe weather risk for the Ark-La-Tex region as well as a lake wind advisory.
Columbia County is split between a “marginal” storm risk, the lowest rating, and a “slight” storm risk. The area is expected to see a high near 72 Wednesday and southeastern winds of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
“There is the potential for severe weather across the area during the daytime hours of Wednesday,” said the NWS warning. “Damaging winds will be the primary threat, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. In addition, locally heavy rainfall could lead to isolated flooding, especially over Southern Arkansas and North Central Louisiana.”
The peak time for rainfall and storm activity is forecast between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, with precipitation predictions expecting to total less than 0.5 inches during those hours. After those times, storm and rain chances dip dramatically.
Once the front moves through the area, cooler weather will likely follow. In it’s hour-to-hour model, the weather service predicts a sharp decrease in temperatures beginning in the 4-6 p.m. block Wednesday. From there, and over the next three to five hours, temperatures will fall nearly 20 degrees, the weathers service says. By 7 a.m. Thursday, the chill will have fully returned with a 40-degree, late winter morning.
The chillier weather will continue at least through Saturday, according to the weather service. Friday will peak around 55 degrees and see a low of 37, while Saturday virtually mirrors the same outlook, only less windy, with gusts expected to be 6 mph or less. The weekend will also see sunny, clear skies, according to predictions.