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Drier weather expected for a few days
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North Georgia should begin drying out today but don’t get too used to the sunny skies.

Rain is expected to creep back into the forecast by Thursday and hang around through Friday night, according to Sunday’s forecast from the National Weather System in Peachtree City.

A storm system, fueled by a low-pressure system in the Mississippi Valley, passed through the area Sunday, dropping more than 2 inches of rain by 10 p.m. at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

Conditions were plain nasty throughout the day.

The weather service had issued a wind advisory, flood watch and hazardous outlook.

Motorists had to battle rain and, earlier in the day, heavy fog. Authorities responded to several wrecks on area rain-slickened roads.

Area counties also were dealing with some flooding on local roads as well as trees down.

As wet as it may seem conditions have been lately, the area had received, as of 3 p.m. Sunday, about 2.75 inches of rain for the year, compared to normal rainfall total of 4.67 inches, according to AccuWeather.com.

Today and Tuesday should be mostly sunny with the high temperature peaking in the mid-50s, but conditions will seem much cooler as winds could gust up to 30 mph.

Wednesday should register as a nicer day, as the winds dissipate.

The weather service predicts rain to return Thursday and Friday, with sunny skies but cooler temperatures on Saturday.

Lake Lanier, meanwhile, has yet to drop to its winter full pool of 1,070 feet above sea level.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had hoped the lake would reach 1,070 by Dec. 18, but the lake didn’t even dip below 1,071 until Dec. 31.

The closest the lake has come to the mark was 1,070.41 feet on Jan. 8. As of Sunday evening, it stood at 1,071.47 feet.

The corps is now expecting the lake won’t hit winter full pool before late February, according to its Web site.

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