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Rain expected this morning

Skies should clear for sun

POSTED: March 16, 2009 12:27 a.m.

The Hall County area enjoyed a good, soaking rain this weekend, with few, if any, reports of flooding.

And for the benefit of Lake Lanier and local lawns, more rain could be on the way today, according to the National Weather Service.

As much as three-fourths of an inch of rain could fall this morning, with patchy fog expected to move in by 2 p.m., according to the Sunday evening forecast.

A flood watch that also includes Banks and Jackson counties was in effect through this morning, but law enforcement agencies were reporting no problems.

Shirley Lambeck, meteorologist for the weather service in Peachtree City, said the agency had no reports of flooding.

The rain moved into the area just after midnight Saturday and either drizzled or poured until Sunday evening, dumping 1« inches at the National Weather Service recording station at Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

Then, it stopped.

"We’re kind of in a void," Lambeck said Sunday evening. "The heaviest stuff is down across central and South Georgia ... but yeah, there’s another shot that’s going to move across the area late tonight and early Monday."

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, the area had received 13 inches of rain for the year, nearly an inch shy of the normal year-to-date rainfall amount of 14.14 inches, according to AccuWeather.com.

Lake Lanier’s water level was at 1,058.55 feet above sea level at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, compared to 1,058.27 feet at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The full pool is 1,071 feet.

After today, the area doesn’t get another strong chance of rain for several days, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunny skies should dominate through Saturday and temperatures should warm to the upper 60s by Wednesday.



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