Showers and storms expected Saturday | Some severe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The southerly wind returned today as the area of surface high pressure pushed eastward overnight.

Temperatures for Friday afternoon will be pleasantly warm, likely in the upper 60s and low 70s.

A few more clouds will build in by Friday night, then we'll likely become overcast going into Saturday morning.

The overcast cloud deck will help moderate our temperatures and keep us about 10 degrees warmer than Friday morning, so expect to wake up to low 50s on Saturday.

Showers and a few thunderstorms could also wake you up Saturday morning as a stationary front to our north will provide enough lifting to allow for showers to develop.

By Saturday afternoon, we'll likely see more of those showers turn to thunderstorms, a few of which could be severe especially around or after sunset.

With any severe thunderstorm expect wind gusts of 58 mph or greater, the possibility for small hail, and the possibility of a tornado.

As these storms push through we expect a decent amount of rain to accompany them.

Throughout most of our viewing area we are expecting 1 to 2 inches of rain, and further east (i.e. Madison, East/West Carroll, Tensas Parishes) could see a little more than 2 inches because the area of low pressure will be tracking closer to those areas, creating even more instability.

Once the front pushes through by Sunday morning, the north-northwesterly wind will be ushering in much drier and cooler air.

The clouds will probably stick around through much of Sunday but by Monday we'll have plenty of sunshine on our hands.

Overnight lows through the next work week will likely stay in the mid and upper 30s, and afternoon highs should be in the upper 50s and low 60s.