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Expect more rain, possible storms today

POSTED: March 28, 2009 12:15 a.m.
TOM REED/The Times

Rain water rushes down Oak Street on Friday.

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Thursday and Friday, Northeast Georgia saw plenty of rain.

Today, it could be rain with an attitude.

Thunderstorms are forecast to move into the area this afternoon, and some could be severe. Heavy rainfall also is expected, perhaps another 1 to 2 inches.

As a result of the forecast, today’s scheduled Rabbittown Easter Parade has been canceled.

As of 8 p.m. Friday, 1.5 inches of rain had been recorded Friday at the National Weather Service recording station at Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

More than 2 inches of rain has fallen in the area since Thursday morning.

Lake Lanier’s water level was at 1,059.68 feet above sea level as of Friday evening, and could top the 1,060 mark after the weekend rains are done. The lake remains 12 feet below full pool but some 7 feet higher than it was at the start of the year.

Today’s rains will help, but may also bring winds gusting as high as 20 mph.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms extends into tonight with a low temperature of 46.

The sun is expected to return Sunday with a chilly high of 56 degrees, with temperatures dipping down into the mid-30s Sunday night before a Monday warm-up into the low 70s.



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