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Flood danger keeps trucking in the south

Truck drivers are facing another day’s delay as heavy rains continue in the region from Texas to the Great Lakes.

Strong cold fronts and hurricane Pamela debris continue to draw abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, increasing the likelihood of heavy rains, flash floods and road closures.

The heaviest rainfall affects some drivers in southern Texas and northwestern Arkansas who received record daily rainfall on Wednesday — 4.56 inches in Fort Smith, Arkansas and 2.64 inches in San Antonio. Due to the saturation of the ground, additional rainfall of 1-3 inches makes these areas prone to flash floods. This has already happened near San Antonio early Thursday morning. The National Weather Service is still posting flash flood clocks in these areas.

Downpour can also hit locations such as St. Louis, Chicago, and Indianapolis from Thursday to Friday, leading to localized flash floods. From Missouri Bootheel and Western Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, heavy storms with massive hail, devastating winds, and isolated tornadoes can occur on Friday.

Main lanes of concern

• Interstate 35 from San Antonio to Austin.
• Interstate 10 from San Antonio to Columbus, Texas 10.
• Interstate 37 from San Antonio to Campbellton, Texas.
• Interstate 40 from Fort Smith to Russellville, Arkansas.

Other notable weather

On Thursday, a few more inches of snow could build up in western Wyoming and Colorado, and less snow in the northern Rocky Mountains.

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