Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase and intensify this afternoon over East Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, Southwest Arkansas, and extreme Northwest Louisiana, ahead of a strong upper level storm system that will drift east into Southern Oklahoma. In fact, there is an ENHANCED risk for severe thunderstorms across portions of Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and Northwest Louisiana, with a SLIGHT risk in place for the remainder of the region surrounding the Enhanced Risk. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to reach a DeQueen, AR to New Boston, Longview, and Jacksonville, TX line between 4-6 pm, a Prescott, AR to Shreveport, LA to Lufkin, TX line between 7-9 pm, and an El Dorado, AR to Ruston and Natchitoches, LA line between 10 pm and 1 am.
In addition, strong southerly winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph are expected areawide today and this evening. Thus, a Lake Wind Advisory is in effect for the entire Four State Region from 10 AM today through 1 AM CDT Saturday. Winds will diminish as the showers and thunderstorms push east across the area this evening.