January 16 – Weather forecast for Shreveport, Texarkana
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A hard freeze warning is in effect Tuesday night with some of the coldest temperatures of the week. The remaining ice on the ground will likely melt on Wednesday thanks to warm temperatures. Next week looks warmer but very saturated.
Tuesday night is cold and Wednesday is warm: Sunshine returned to ArkLaTex on Tuesday and worked to melt the ice currently on the ground. Temperatures remained several degrees below freezing in most parts of the region. Once the sun sets, we will see any melting that has occurred quickly freeze. My driving experience today is that the less traveled roads are smoother today than they have been since the sleet and snow fell. All travel will remain dangerous tonight. Temperatures Tuesday night will drop into the single digits and dip into the lows.
The good news is that we will see the winds shift to the south on Wednesday. This will cause temperatures to rise rapidly with temperatures rising above freezing by noon in most areas. Highs on Wednesday will likely be in the upper 30s to lower 40s. It will get warmer on Thursday with highs in the mid to upper 50s.
More cold on the way: Futurecast shows we’ll see clear skies tonight and plenty of sunshine again on Wednesday. Clouds briefly return to the area late Wednesday night and Thursday morning as a fast-moving disturbance moves to our north and east. Thursday will likely end with some sunshine. Another cold front will move through the area Thursday evening. It will bring another round of cold temperatures. Highs on Friday and this weekend will drop into the upper 30s to lower 40s. Lows will ease into the high 20s by the end of the week. Then warmer air will return, but at a price.
Get ready for heavy rain next week: We will see a drastic change in the weather pattern across the country next week. A large upper-level basin will be created over the western half of the country. This will bring warm but humid air back into our area. As the disturbance moves along the eastern side of this trough across the ArkLaTex, we will see intermittent rain from Monday through at least next Friday. The good news is that it will be warmer. Daytime highs next week will be mainly in the 60s. Overnight low temperatures will rise into the 40s and 50s.
Just how much rain? A mix of models shows that rainfall totals next week could be more than double what we typically see during a ten-day period in January. As of now, it looks like the entire area will see rainfall totals of three to five inches. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like the severe weather will be a problem.
Again, although it looks like we’ve seen a slight improvement in travel conditions with sunrise today, don’t let your guard down. If you don’t have to travel, don’t. Once the sun sets, ice will quickly become an issue on the roads where there was some melting today. We should be back to normal Wednesday afternoon. Be safe!!
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