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A woman walks in the rain in downtown Tyler, Texas, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.  (Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

It's time to break out the rain boots and umbrellas. East Texans can expect to see a rainy weekend with up to 6 inches projected through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Shreveport. 

The National Weather Service said showers were expected to begin about 6 p.m. Thursday and continue through Sunday. 
 
"Rain showers will be light at first and will pick up and be steady and heavy throughout the day on Friday," meteorologist Davyon Hill said. "Four to 6 inches of rain is expected."
 
He said the rivers in the area are likely to rise rapidly, causing moderate flooding near the Sabine and Neches rivers. 

The National Weather Service in Shreveport issued a flood warning for the Sabine River near Gladewater, Hawkins and Mineola from Saturday evening until Tuesday, according to the agency's website. 

The agency said moderate flooding is forecast in those areas. 

A flood warning also was issued for Mud Creek near Jacksonville from Saturday morning to Tuesday evening, according to the NWS. 

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch from Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon. 

The watch affects Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur and Wood counties.

Officials are urging motorists not to drive vehicles through flooded waterways and to use caution when walking near flooded rivers.

"The rain is expected to clear out on Sunday," Hill said. "Highs will be in the mid-to-high 40s and lows will be around freezing. We can expect a high of 50 degrees on Monday." 

 

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I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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