Under Enhanced Risk for severe weather Friday night

Posted April 28, 2017

Before reaching the Plains, the storm will spread snow over the Rocky Mountains and kick up strong winds, blowing dust and the fire danger over the Desert Southwest.

That means residents in San Augustine, Center, Tenaha, Shelbyville, and northern portions of Toledo Bend have a slightly better chance at seeing this severe threat.

The storm system could also move into western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock issued the warning at 9:30 a.m. after a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was detected near Woodland, or 9 miles northwest of Clarksville.

Severe storms and flooding rainfall will return to Oklahoma late Friday night.

A few of these storms may become strong to severe, but it's still not clear the timing and highest threats with this front.

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The Storm Prediction Center says eastern Arkansas, northern Louisiana and western MS and Tennessee are most at risk for tornadoes, damaging winds and big hail on Wednesday.

We'll hold onto the nice weather into Tuesday with temperatures continuing to edge higher as temperatures slip into the low 80s Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rain will be the main concern, but a few severe storms will be possible too as we head into Friday night.

"This rain event could possibly affect Thursday morning commuters", said WLOX First Alert Meteorologist Wesley Williams. The expected low will be around 49 with south winds of 6 to 9 miles per hour becoming west in the evening.

Temperatures warm to near 90° again for Friday and Saturday afternoon. Strong thunderstorm wind along with some pockets of large hail will be the greatest risks.

Up to three inches of rain is likely by early next week. The cold front will bring an end to any/all severe weather threats by mid-morning on Sunday (around 9a).