NWS: Break in rain coming Thursday, but storms return this weekend

The National Weather Service says Panola County can expect a break in the rain Thursday and Friday, but it will return over the weekend ahead of a cold front.

The NWS issued a flood warning for the Sabine River near Beckville from Thursday afternoon to Monday evening, as the river is predicted to rise to near 27.9 feet by Saturday. The flood stage was at 16.6 feet early Wednesday morning; flood stage is 26 feet.

"Expect considerable lowland flooding similar to that of last year, during the springtime of 2019," the NWS said. "Expect flooded trails, paths and secondary roadways. Also expect flooded boat ramps. Secure boats for high water. Also secure petroleum installations for high water as well."

Flash flooding continues to be a threat in the region, and Panola County remains on a flash flood watch through this afternoon. An additional 1 to 2 inches is possible.

"Showers and thunderstorms will continue to increase today, but then greatly diminish from west to east this evening as the surface low moves to our east and the cold front moves down into the area overnight,' the NWS said in a weather advisory on Wednesday morning. "The flash flooding threat will peak today with our already super saturated soils and more heavy rains coming ahead of the cold front."

Starting Thursday, the National Weather Service says a cold front will spill back into the region, driving out the rain for a brief time.

"Light showers will return on Saturday, becoming more widespread perhaps into Sunday," the NWS said. "Then thunderstorms will resume early in the week and continue for us into midweek ahead of our next cold front. A renewed flash flooding threat will compound high waters on our rivers, bayous and lakes."