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Weather Outlook
Posted on 2012-12-17
The next chance for severe weather in the area will be from late Wednesday afternoon on through Wednesday night with showers into Thursday morning.

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm on Wednesday. A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a chance of showers between 7pm and 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

If you would like to receive daily weather briefings/information you can go to the following link and sign up for this free service from the Texarkana Office of Emergency Management: TX List Server

You can also sign up for CodeRed weather warnings which call you immediately if you are in the path of a severe thunderstorm or tornado by clicking on this link: CodeRed


CDC Says Flu Season Will be Particularly Bad This Year

It’s not too late to vaccinate, and the CDC says that this year's flu season is going to be a bad one.

Flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. For millions of people every season, the flu can mean you are hobbled for 7-10 days with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. However, you may not realize that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized in the United States from flu complications each year and that in fact thousands die from it.

The CDC says flu season is ramping up early this year - for the first time in almost a decade. And according to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, H3N2 is the predominant strain this year and that it is generally associated with a severe flu season. But Frieden adds that this year's vaccine is an excellent match with the influenza that's circulating.

At the moment, flu activity is highest in the South.