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More rain may be on the way this week

POSTED: May 5, 2013 11:59 p.m.

The work week begins with — you guessed it — a chance for more rain.

A drenching like the one area residents got over the weekend may not be in the works, however, as the likelihood is in the 20 to 30 percent range through Wednesday.

A weather system that stalled for several days over Georgia dropped 3.52 inches of rain at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville between Thursday night and Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City,

Most of that, or 3.27 inches, occurred between

Saturday and Sunday, and with more rain possible today, the area was placed Sunday under a flood watch through this morning.

The NWS also warned that localized heavy flooding is possible in low-lying areas and areas near creeks and rivers.

Area residents did finally catch a break from the rain Sunday afternoon and even got to see the sun slip between clouds.

But yards were still saturated messes.

As of Sunday afternoon, the area had received 27.71 inches of rain so far this year. The normal amount of year-to-date rainfall through Sunday was 19.86 inches.

That’s a surplus of almost 8 inches, a turnaround from the past couple of years, when Hall County — and most of Georgia — had rainfall deficits and was mired in drought.

The rain has had a positive effect on Lake Lanier, which stood at 1,072.96 feet above sea level as of 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

The lake’s summer full pool, which took effect Wednesday, is 1,071 feet.

The only mostly sunny day in this week’s forecast is Thursday. Otherwise, expect partly to mostly cloudy and a chance for showers or thunderstorms through Sunday.

The good news is high temperatures won’t be dipping into the 50s, as they did over the weekend. The NWS is calling for highs in the 70s through the week.


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