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Rain is on the way

Precipitation and clouds expected this week

POSTED: April 25, 2011 12:16 a.m.

Flowers are in bloom Sunday in Gainesville. The sunny weather will turn to rain by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Easter was warm and sunny, but starting today the skies are going to get cloudy again.

“There’s a chance for rain everyday except Thursday night and Friday,” said forecaster Alex Gibbs of the National Weather Service.

A frontal system stretching from southwest Texas to Maine will make its way here around the middle of the week, but right now the patchy band isn’t moving very much.

“It’s just kind of drifting to us,” Gibbs said.

Temperatures today will linger around the low 80s. Partly cloudy skies may give way to showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, increasing into Tuesday.

The greatest chance for thunderstorms is on Tuesday night and Wednesday. The storms may only be slightly severe, but it’s too early to tell, Gibbs said.

Showers are expected to continue into Thursday, with a 30 percent chance of rain.

This week’s wet weather will shave the edge off the highs, which will remain in the upper 70s until Thursday. Lows will drop to 48 on Thursday night as the system passes on, just in time for the weekend.

Friday and Saturday promise to be pleasant, with sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the mid-70s.

Pollen levels were still moderate on Sunday, after being at moderate high to high levels for most of the month, according to Atlanta Asthma and Allergy Clinic’s pollen counter.

A National Allergy Bureau pollen counter on Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville listed the pollen on April 19, the latest data available, as being mostly from trees, including oak, pine and hickory. Some grass pollen also was found, but in a low concentration.

Tree pollen typically affects allergy sufferers in the early spring, and grasses cause symptoms in the late spring and summer, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Lake Lanier’s level is down from early last week, but remains at half a foot above full pool, at 1071.46.


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