UPDATE

Tornado Watch until 7pm now includes all of Shreveport Bossier metro area.

 

The previous tornado watch included area south of I-20.

A tornado watch is in effect for a large part of the Arklatex until 7pm.

Here’s the map:

NWS.org

Also, a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for much of the Arklatex until 3pm Saturday afternoon.

NWS.org

The National Weather Service says the following parishes and counties are included in this watch:

Louisiana Parishes:

BIENVILLE BOSSIER CADDO
CALDWELL CLAIBORNE DE SOTO
GRANT JACKSON LA SALLE
LINCOLN NATCHITOCHES OUACHITA
RED RIVER SABINE UNION
WEBSTER WINN

Arkansas Counties:

COLUMBIA LAFAYETTE MILLER
UNION

Texas Counties:

ANGELINA AUSTIN BRAZOS
BURLESON CAMP CASS
CHEROKEE COLORADO GREGG
GRIMES HARRISON HOUSTON
MADISON MARION MORRIS
NACOGDOCHES PANOLA RUSK
SABINE SAN AUGUSTINE SHELBY
SMITH TRINITY UPSHUR
WALKER WASHINGTON WOOD

There is a risk for severe storms across much of Four State Region today and into this evening. The main threat early will be large hail and damaging winds. However, the threat will increase during the afternoon during peak daytime heating. Tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rainfall will be possible. The severe weather threat should diminish by late this evening.