A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Northeast Texas and portions of East Texas until 8 PM this evening. A few cities in this watch are Clarksville, Texarkana, Mount Pleasant, Tyler, Longview, Marshall, Jacksonville, Henderson, and Carthage. In all likelihood we’ll see the watch cancelled prior to the 8 PM expiration time since storms should be east of the state by dinner. Isolated severe thunderstorms capable of producing hail up to the size of golfballs and localized damaging wind gusts over 60 MPH will be possible through the early evening hours.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 47
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
135 PM CDT FRI MAR 18 2016

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS
NORTHERN LOUISIANA
WEST CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI
NORTHEAST TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 135 PM UNTIL
800 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS
TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF MAINLY LARGE HAIL ARE
EXPECTED TO SPREAD EASTWARD FROM NORTHEAST TEXAS ACROSS SOUTHERN
ARKANSAS AND NORTHERN LOUISIANA INTO WESTERN MISSISSIPPI THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 50
STATUTE MILES EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM 75 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST
OF TEXARKANA ARKANSAS TO 35 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF JACKSON
MISSISSIPPI. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU7).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.