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Flood watch issued for Northeast Georgia as steady rains move in
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National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville

Tonight: Occasional showers. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 40. East wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunday: Occasional showers, mainly before 2pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 52. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday Night: Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

A full day of steady rain has led the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for Northeast Georgia and other areas of the state through Monday morning.

As much as 2 to 3 inches of rain is expected in the area tonight and Sunday. A total of 0.35 inch of rain fell between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at the NWS recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

With the grounds still moist from the rain and snow that fell in the area March 1, some flooding of creeks and streams is possible as the showers move through.

Those feeder streams also could raise the water level of Lake Lanier, which was at 1,058.23 feet above sea level Saturday, 13 feet below full pool.

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