Flash flood warnings in Dallas and parts of Richardson have been extended until 4 p.m. Aug. 22 while a flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, the Dallas-area is expected to receive light rainfall into the evening and tomorrow. Weather data shows most of Dallas has experienced 2-5 inches of rainfall; however, some locations reported up to 8 inches.

Weather service data shows parts of East Dallas have received nearly 15 inches of rain. Severe flooding has been reported in multiple areas in East Dallas, according to the Dallas Police Department.

“[The rainfall expected this afternoon] will not be as widespread as it was this morning, but it will hit around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.,” said Sarah Barnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Barnes said that heavy rainfall and scattered showers are expected to continue into the late evening throughout most of North Texas.

According to the National Weather Service website, there is a 50% chance of thunderstorms later in the evening and 40% chance overnight. Weather advisory officials stated to stay away from high-risk areas such as rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying locations, such as White Rock Lake and White Rock Creek. Those locations may be prone to flooding, officials said. Other high-risk areas include urban and poor drainage areas, according to the weather service.

The Dallas Police Department is warning the public to avoid driving if possible due to heavy rainfall causing flash floods. Officials advised to prepare alternative routes as many roads have been closed due to heavy flooding, according to department social media updates.

“Drivers should use extreme caution, never drive into high water, and take your time, be prepared to take an alternate route due to flooding in roadways,” said Kristin Lowman, assistant director and public information officer for the Dallas Police Department.

DPD officials said they will keep social media updated on the most recent road closures and flash flooding alerts via the department’s Twitter account. More information can be found on the National Weather Service website.