FIRST ALERT: Much needed rain on the way - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

FIRST ALERT: Much needed rain on the way

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Since June 1, Shreveport has officially recorded only 3.75" of rain. That is almost 6" below average during this time span.

With the lack of rain, drought conditions have developed and burn bans have been issued until significant rainfall.

By this time next week, hopefully, the burn bans will be canceled and there will be a big dent in the drought. Drought conditions could be erased in some spots.

A wet stretch of weather is headed for the ArkLaTex. Our rain chances will really start to pick up late this week and decent rain chances will be in play through the weekend. If you have outdoors on the agenda this week, you might want to start thinking of a backup plan just in case you get washed.

An unsettled weather pattern is expected to develop Wednesday night and last through the upcoming weekend. A weak cold front will slowly drop south across the area during this time and be the focal point for rain and storms.

Even though it's a little too early to pinpoint rainfall totals, most places will see beneficial rain. The latest run of our long range FutureTrack Rainfall Forecast shows most places seeing between 1"-3" of rain by Sunday at midnight.

If this model run is correct, then the heaviest rain would develop where it is needed the most. The image below has the latest Drought Monitor drawn on top of the latest run of FutureTrack. The latest run of FutureTrack shows the highest rainfall totals across the I-20 corridor and this is where drought conditions are the worst. Parts of the I-20 corridor from Marshall, TX through Shreveport-Bossier to Minden are under an Extreme drought.

The rain and clouds will also keep the summer heat down.

The KSLA First Alert Weather Team will continue to be your First Alert when it comes to the potential for multiple rounds of rain through the weekend. Here are a few ways you can stay up to date with the latest forecast:

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