T. Scott Boatright
Lincoln Parish escaped multiple reported tornadoes that roared across north Louisiana Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening.
But the parish couldn’t dodge drenching rainfall that caused some brief street flooding and brought 2.4 inches of rain to one Ruston rain gauge with nearly an inch of that coming during an approximate 35-minute downpour coming between 6:15 and 6:50 p.m.
That downpour came shortly after a tornado warning was briefly issued for Lincoln Parish and storm warning sirens blared throughout Ruston. The tornado warning was issued around 6 p.m. and was originally slated to last until 7 p.m. But the warning was canceled around 10 minutes after being issued as previous wind circulation detected by radar collapsed and broke up.
The parish will get a reprieve today with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the lower 80s with southwest winds around 10 mph.
Tonight is predicted to be clear in the evening before becoming mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Low temperatures tonight are projected to be in the upper 50s with light and variable winds becoming southerly up to 5 mph.
But the National Weather Service believes that Mother Nature will do more dancing in Lincoln Parish on Friday into early Saturday and as of Wednesday night was predicting a slight risk of severe weather on Friday.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms are projected for Friday afternoon with mostly cloudy mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the lower 80s with southerly winds around 10 mph. Rain chances are expected to increase to 90% on Friday night.
A forecast briefing for Lincoln Parish issued by the NWS Shreveport office on Wednesday has this prediction for Friday: “Look for the possibility of very large hail, damaging thunderstorm wind gusts and isolated tornadoes once again during this time frame along and ahead of a cold front that should move through the region late Friday night into early Saturday.”
Saturday is predicted to be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning before skies become partly cloudy in the afternoon. High temperatures on Saturday are projected to be in the upper 70s.