Columbia County is in the middle of a tornado watch zone that includes most of Arkansas, and which extends into neighboring parts of Louisiana and Texas.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said the watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Strong to severe thunderstorms will become likely later today through this evening across at least the eastern half of the Four State region.

A more conditional threat exists across Southeast Oklahoma and Northeast Texas.

Conditions will be conducive for damaging wind gusts, large hail and isolated tornadoes this afternoon through this evening where severe thunderstorms develop.

The severe weather threat should end across Northeast Louisiana after midnight.

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After a relatively quiet day on Thursday, more severe thunderstorms are back in the forecast for Friday afternoon through Friday evening once again. 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.

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