Flash Flood Watch and Severe Weather Threat Through Thursday Evening


SOURCE: LaMarr McGaskey, Natchitoches GOHSEP

A vigorous upper level storm system is approaching the Four State Region this morning, and it will gradually shift farther east into our area before lifting out later on Thursday night.

Heavy rain will begin to impact the northwest half of the region, including the Middle Red River Valley of Northeast Texas, Southeast Oklahoma and Southwest Arkansas late in the day today through tonight with that heavy rain threat to include the remainder of the Four State Region Thursday into Thursday Evening. A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the northwest half of our region.

Any severe weather will likely wait until late in the day Thursday across Deep East Texas into portions of Central and Northeast Louisiana.

Four State Impacts:

Impacts:  Heavy rainfall with this system, upwards of 3 to 6 inches with isolated higher amounts (see graphic) near and northwest of a line from Rusk, Texas to Prescott, Arkansas could result in flooding of low lying and poor drainage areas. The flooding threat south and east of this line is less of a threat but will need to be monitored closely as the event unfolds.

A Severe weather threat will materialize mainly Thursday afternoon into Thursday evening near and south of a line from Lufkin, Texas to near Monroe, Louisiana (see graphic). Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible across this region with damaging thunderstorm wind gusts and isolated tornadoes possible.