Much needed rain has fallen across portions of the ArkLaTex the last few days and more is expected over the weekend. This is great news for the ongoing drought.
The latest update released Thursday showed worsening drought in portions of the ArkLaTex, but there was some improvement in a few areas, mainly in the far northern and far southern ArkLaTex. Extreme drought has developed across parts of northeast Texas joining much of Caddo and Bossier parishes in Louisiana as areas in most need of significant rain.
Rain since Tuesday has been beneficial. The heaviest and most widespread rain has fallen near and north of I-30 with more than 4 inches in some places. Elsewhere we've seen pockets of an inch to near 2 inches bringing some localized relief. There are still some parts of the ArkLaTex though that have yet to pick up any substantial rain in the last few days.
An unsettled weather pattern will keep showers and storms going into the weekend. While it won't rain everywhere those that do see some can expect up to an additional half inch to 1.5 inches.
With the rain that we've seen so far and what's yet to come, the drought update next week may show some improvement for portions of the ArkLaTex.
The easiest way to track the rain over the weekend is with the KSLA First Alert Weather app. You can download it for free to your Android or Apple device by clicking here.