"Particularly Dangerous Situation" tornado watch issued for much of AR

Wind gusts break ship’s lines The Carsten Maersk is expected to sail later today

A tornado watch has been issued for Angelina; Camp; Cass; Cherokee; Franklin; Gregg; Harrison; Marion; Morris; Nacogdoches; Panola; Rusk; Sabine; San Augustine; Shelby; Smith; Titus; Upshur and Wood counties.

In its forecast, the Storm Prediction Center said they have "upgraded to a tornado-driven moderate risk centered on the Ark-La-Tex to central AR with the potential for several tornadoes to occur within this region late today through tonight".

It's also how many tornadoes there were in the state past year, according to the National Weather Service.

All week, forecasters have thought the dryline would be east of Fort Worth when storms started rumbling. Some of the supercell thunderstorms could produce baseball-sized hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

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A short window of strong to severe storms this afternoon, then VERY COLD weather this weekend with snow and cold wind chills. By late morning into the early afternoon, stronger storms may develop closer to the Metroplex as the dry line approaches. Large hail, damaging winds, and even some tornadoes will be possible with these storms.

Strong thunderstorms are expected to sweep into the Kansas City area Friday afternoon and evening, bringing the metro area's first threat of severe weather this season.

He said the frontal system could arrive as early as Saturday morning. Please heck back often for regular forecast updates. No matter if it's on-air, online or on-the-go...we're always watching and always tracking.

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