We certainly had great weather for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping, but the rain is here and it looks like it's not going anywhere any time soon.

As we learned over the summer, continuing rain brings the threat of flooding around the Red River with it. Forecasters are expecting the river to rapidly rise over the weekend, possibly reaching flood stage. KSLA reports:

As of 2pm Friday the Red River at Pecan Point near DeKalb, TX is at 12.23 feet.  Flood stage is 24 feet.  The river is forecast to rapidly rise over the weekend reaching flood stage by Saturday afternoon.  A crest of 33.5 feet is forecast by Sunday afternoon.  This is only a foot and a half below where the river crested back in June.

Farther downstream the river will rise, but may remain below flood stage.

A little bit closer to home, projections include rising waters, not as extreme as we saw during the summer, yet troubling nonetheless.

At Shreveport the river was at 17.76 feet Friday afternoon. The river is forecast to rise to 26.6 feet on Wednesday and may climb slightly higher beyond then. Flood stage at Shreveport is 30 feet.

We know you heard it ad nauseam this year, but remember the phrase, 'Turn around, don't drown,' if you encounter standing water while driving and make sure to take measures to protect your family, property and pets.