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Rainfall totals could near 6 inches in Gainesville

POSTED: December 22, 2013 8:42 p.m.

Above average temperatures, high humidity and a whole lot of rain brought a soggy start to winter this past weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, 3.58 inches of rain fell by Sunday night in the Gainesville area.

Weather service meteorologist Alex Gibbs said more was forecasted to fall, which could bring the total to 6 inches.

In some spots, totals could exceed 6 inches, he said.

“Right now, we’re getting a long, soaking rain,” Gibbs said.

Gibbs said flooding is a “major” concern and a flood watch is in effect through 7 this morning. He said flood warnings could be issued for the rise of creeks, streams and water onto roadways.

The weather service has recorded 74.05 inches of rain so far this year in Gainesville. The normal amount for the year is 53.16 inches, according to agency data.

Lake Lanier now sits at 1,071.68 feet above sea level; winter full pool is 1,070.

“We had all the storms out to the west. The upper level system raced off to the north, and it raced so far north the cold front is just sitting over Georgia,” Gibbs explained.

He said no severe weather is expected and rain should stop today. That will likely mean the cold temperatures begin to set in.

“The Arctic high will be building in and giving us cold Christmas temperatures,” he said.

Temperatures will be lower, toward their average this time of year, with highs in the 40s both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, he said, and low temperatures will be in the low to mid-20s both nights.


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