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Short break from rain headed our way, but rain returns for weekend

Lake Lanier sees level increase from steady rains

POSTED: December 9, 2013 11:38 p.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Crossing guard Sharon Ann Rucker directs traffic on a rainy Monday afternoon as classes finish for the day at Fair Street School.

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Northeast Georgia has seen more than its share of wet weather the past few days.

Weekend holiday events were accompanied by steady drizzles, and puddles abound.

As of Monday afternoon, Gainesville had taken in 1.69 inches of rain since Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

However, a reprieve from the rain is on the way, although it won’t last long.

Forecaster Mike Leary of the NWS’s Peachtree City office said precipitation is expected to stop by about 6 p.m. today, with rainy conditions throughout the morning and some of the afternoon.

“It will be pretty rainy in the morning ... there’s about a solid 80 percent coverage,” Leary said.

No rain is expected for Wednesday, Thursday and early Friday. In fact, sunny weather with highs in the low 50s is forecast for Wednesday. Thursday should remain mostly sunny, Leary said, but temperatures will be noticeably colder, with overnight lows in the upper 20s.

By Friday evening, the cloud cover will be coming back in and bringing more rain for the weekend.

“A good thing about cloud cover is that it helps it to warm up again,” added Leary.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to have temperatures with highs in the 40s and lows in the mid-30s.

All of this rain has saturated the ground and caused water runoff.

According to Leary, the ground is “quite saturated,” and additional rain can always pose the possibility of minor flooding.

“(There’s) not a whole lot of (water) sinking in, but a whole lot of water running off,” he said.

Runoff from steady precipitation has also raised the level of Lake Lanier. Levels have seen a daily increase since Friday, rising from 1,071.14 feet to 1,071.99 by 9:15 Monday night.

Full pool for Lake Lanier in the winter season is 1,070 feet.



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