FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Severe weather arriving Saturday morning

First Alert: Big warm-up, then storms possible late weekend

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We will see plenty of sun on Sunday, but it will be windy and MUCH COOLER! Warmer temperatures in the 50s through northern Wyoming could even initiate an afternoon thunderstorm.

A very strong storm system is forecast to produce many severe storms across the Ark-La-Tex Friday afternoon and evening, then the mid-south into Saturday. Once the fog does clear, skies will be partly to mostly sunny. South breezes will continue to favor warm temperatures in the mid 70s near the coast to near 80 elsewhere.

This heat and humidity is being pumped up ahead of a strong frontal boundary moving in for the weekend.

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Mostly cloudy, breezy and mild with a 20% chance for a shower.

The latest forecast calls for the rain to enter western Arkansas around 4 p.m. and push into central Arkansas between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday.

Thunderstorms will be gradually ending from west to east with a cold frontal passage early Saturday morning, bringing an end to the severe threat. All modes of severe weather will be possible, including the threat of potentially strong and long track tornadoes. But an isolated tornado or two will be possible as well. Storms will continue marching eastward toward Baton Rouge and New Orleans during the early afternoon and exiting Louisiana by the evening. It will be chilly Sunday with high temperatures only reaching the low to mid 40s and another freeze Sunday night as we dip to near 30.

Tornado Watch In Effect: Possibility of Severe Weather Increases
The National Weather Service issued at 2:20 p.m., a tornado watch in effect until 9 p.m. for Nodaway County. Once this line of storms moves through, the threat for severe storms should diminish by late tonight .

A Flash Flood Watch has been posted for most of the WAFB viewing area from 1 AM Saturday through 1 AM Sunday.

Sunday - a First Alert Weather Day - has a likely chance of late-day rain and low risk of severe weather. Damaging winds of 60-70 miles per hour will be the main threat as the line moves through the area, with isolated brief, weak spinup tornadoes also possible along the line.

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