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Flood watch in effect as storms arrive Sunday

Strong front brings chance of severe weather to North Ga.

POSTED: December 21, 2013 6:35 p.m.

A flood watch is in effect for North Georgia through Monday morning as the threat of storms moves across the region Sunday.

Isolated severe storms are possible, according to the National Weather Service, with a chance of isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and heavy rains that could cause streams and creeks to overflow.

The threat of severe weather is greater in Northwest Georgia, but all area residents are advised to be aware of weather conditions before traveling.

A strong cold front moving through the Southeast has created unseasonably warm, unstable air, which could spark storms.

Yet only a trace of rain has been recorded Saturday at the NWS automated recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are possible throughout North Georgia on Sunday and Sunday night.

Sunday’s high temperatures will reach the mid-60s as the front moves through, then drop into the lower 50s overnight and return to the mid-50s Monday with gusty winds. The stormy weather is expected to move out of the area by midday Monday.

Behind the front, temperatures will plummet back to seasonably winter cold, with Monday night’s lows around 30 and highs Tuesday struggling to reach the mid-40s.

Clear, sunny skies are forecast for Christmas Day, with a high around 46.


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