The National Weather Service in Shreveport says widespread showers and a few embedded thunderstorms -- some producing locally heavy rainfall -- will continue to develop and spread north to northeast across much of the region over the next few hours.

The heaviest rainfall will be mainly confined across deep east Texas and western Louisiana and will gradually shift northeast across north central Louisiana through mid morning. Hourly rain rates of near one inch per hour will be possible over deep east Texas and west central Louisiana and will aggravate the ongoing flood problems.

Motorists are encouraged to stay home this morning as many roads remain flooded and closed. If travel is absolutely necessary and you encounter a flooded roadway tonight -- turn around, don’t drown.

Periods of heavy rainfall are expected to continue for the four states area through Friday afternoon.

The Texarkana area is under a flash flood watch, meaning conditions are favorable for flooding.

However, a flood warning continues for the Red River near De Kalb.

  • The warning will be in effect through Sunday evening or until the warning is cancelled.
  • At 7PM Wednesday the stage was 16.9 feet.
  • Minor flooding is forecast.
  • Flood stage is 24.0 feet.
  • Forecast -- Rise above flood stage by Friday morning and continue to rise to near 25.6 feet by early Saturday morning. The river will fall below flood stage by early Sunday morning.
  • At 24.5 feet. Flooding will continue to decrease along the Red River, although bank erosion problems will continue. Minor overflow of low banks will continue, especially on the Oklahoma side of the river.

Do not drive vehicles through flooded waterways.  Use caution when walking near flooded riverbanks.  Do not try to wade or swim in flooded rivers and bayous.

Detailed Forecast for Texarkana:

Today

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1PM, then showers and thunderstorms after 1PM. High near 66. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Tonight

Showers and thunderstorms before 7PM, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 7PM and 1AM, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 1AM. Low around 59. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Friday

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Friday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1AM. Cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Saturday

A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 71. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7PM then a slight chance of showers between 7PM and 1AM Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Sunday

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7AM. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Sunday Night

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 7PM. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Monday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7AM. Sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Clear, with a low around 59.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 79.

Tuesday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Wednesday

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.