'Slight' risk of severe weather Friday into Saturday, National Weather Service says

The National Weather Service is once again warning of the potential for severe weather, to take place Friday afternoon and overnight into Saturday.

The storms, bookended by pleasant weather conditions Thursday and over the weekend, includes threats for large hail, damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and locally-heavy rainfall.

Meteorologist Brandon Thorne said the timing of the storms was still up in the air, although the NWS expects it to begin late Friday afternoon.

"I think the main concern is going to be large hail and damaging winds," Thorne said. "We do have that threat for isolated tornadoes, but we could see some pretty large hail with this as well."

The NWS was warning that locally-heavy rainfall could lead to some flash flooding, especially south of a line from Tyler to El Dorado, Arkansas.

Storms are expected to diminish by late Saturday morning, and most of the severe weather risk will end a few hours after midnight Saturday, the NWS said.

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