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Sunny days on the way today

POSTED: April 2, 2009 11:58 p.m.

Enjoy the nice weather while it lasts.

After storms moved through the area Thursday night, the North Georgia area could enjoy the next 72 hours without the threat of rain or storms, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters predict it will be sunny and mild today, with highs reaching into the upper 60s or low 70s by late afternoon, according to Robert Beasley with the National Weather Service.

He said the next batch of rain isn’t expected until Sunday night, when another chance of severe storms could move into the area, followed by several cold days to start the week.

Tuesday morning, the temperatures could dip below freezing, Beasley said, endangering vegetable crops and fruit trees. Though it could be cold next week, there aren’t any storms or precipitation expected, he said.

Though severe storms hit South Georgia throughout the day, Hall County hadn’t seen any severe weather as of 10:30 p.m. and none was expected overnight. Beasley said the threat of severe weather had been removed for most of the state by Thursday evening, with the exception of a few counties in Northwest Georgia that were under a tornado watch.

As of 10 p.m. Thursday, a little more than half an inch of rain had been recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport. Most of that fell between 2 and 8 a.m. As of 8:15 p.m., the level of Lake Lanier had risen to 1,061.02 feet above sea level. Full pool is 1,071 feet.

In South Georgia, officials say heavy rain led to the closing of schools in 20 Georgia districts and part of Interstate 75, according to the Associated Press. Small creeks and streams, along with numerous streets and underpasses, also flooded Thursday after two days of rain up to 8 inches.



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