NWS: East Texas could see severe weather Wednesday

The entire Ark-La-Tex region is under a slight risk of severe weather Wednesday afternoon and into the evening as a cold front sweeps through the area, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Threats include damaging winds between 60-70 mph, large hail between a half-dollar and golf-ball sized, and isolated tornadoes.

“For all intents and purposes, you may as well go ahead and say the entire region is in the slight risk,” Meteorologist Matt Hemingway, adding that although Wednesday’s tornado threat is low, they cannot rule out the possibility of discrete cells forming ahead of the line and causing isolated tornadoes.

Hemingway said the main risk threat is Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night, with thunderstorms holding off until then. The National Weather Service is also monitoring severe weather potential for Thursday night into Friday, but that still has some uncertainty around it, and Hemingway said they would be issuing any risk updates as needed. Hemingway noted April is peak severe weather season in the region.

“We could see some heavy rain potential, obviously, leading into the next couple of days,” he said, adding “So we may see some isolated areas where heavy rainfall could cause some problems, but that’s a pretty (minor) threat.”

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