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story.lead_photo.caption Central and southern Arkansas will see the heaviest rain this week, National Weather Service in North Little Rock predicts.

Arkansas' next round of rain will spread from the state's southwest to the northeast starting Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

Heavy rainfall is expected Tuesday night. Central and south Arkansas will receive the most, about 1 to 2 inches, according to the agency's North Little Rock office.

Multiple showers and thunderstorms will continue Wednesday, forecasters said, possibly bringing another 2 to 3 inches of rain to the central and southern parts of the state.

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There is a chance of severe weather, with damaging winds and hail being the main concerns, the agency said.

Due to the already-saturated ground and ongoing river flooding, the additional rain will "aggravate an already serious high water situation," according to the office's morning briefing.

Flash flooding is likely, and existing flooding along the lower White, Ouachita and Saline rivers could worsen, according to the agency.

The rain is expected to taper off after Thursday, with more to come late in the weekend and early next week.

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