Flash flood watch

The Magnolia area may receive 4-6 inches of rain through Tuesday.

Columbia and Union counties, along with parishes in North Louisiana, are under a flash flood watch through Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport said that a cold front will slowly shift southeast into East Texas, South Central Arkansas, and North Louisiana on Monday and Monday night, before drifting south of the area by early Tuesday morning.

Ample moisture and upper level disturbances will interact with the front and result in showers and embedded thunderstorms containing locally heavy rainfall to develop and move over these areas.

Widespread rainfall amounts of three to in excess of six inches, with isolated higher amounts, are expected across the watch area through Wednesday afternoon. Given the already saturated grounds due to above normal rainfall observed since January, this additional rainfall will quickly runoff, resulting in an increased flash flood threat.

magnoliareporter.com recorded 7.94 inches of rain in January and 0.81 inches through the first nine days of February, for total rainfall of 8.75 inches since January 1.

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