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Forecast: Soggy week ahead for Hall
Area hit by more than an inch of rain Saturday
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More rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit the Hall County area and could linger throughout the work week.

The soggy weather will only add to drenching rains produced by a strong storm system that dragged through Georgia on Saturday. That system delivered fierce lightning and isolated, pounding rainfalls throughout the region.

Even though Hall stayed mostly dry Sunday, skies were cloudy and temperatures dropped into the 40s.

And the National Weather Service was watching for possible severe thunderstorms, large hail and damaging winds in South Georgia.

Early in the week, at least, "there's nothing on the horizon right now that appears excessive," said Matt Sena, meteorologist at the weather bureau in Peachtree City, speaking of rainfall totals.

Just more of the same wet stuff.

Nearly 1 1/2 inches of rain fell at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville between Saturday morning and early Sunday morning, when a booming storm woke up households.

The forecast on Sunday called for showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 2 p.m. today. The area could get up to a third of an inch of rain, Sena said.

"That shouldn't cause any widespread flooding problems," Sena said. "Of course, things are pretty wet, so that will cause the smaller creeks and streams to jump up a little. People need to be careful, especially if heavier rain does develop."

A storm system arriving Wednesday "does have the potential to produce a bit more (rain) ... but it's a little too far out now to predict," Sena said.

"With the moist soils we have right now, any time a thunderstorm rolls through, people need to keep an eye on (conditions), especially the smaller creeks and streams, which will be reacting a lot quicker with the wet ground."

He advised people to keep an eye on forecasts.

Showers and thunderstorms, as well as mostly cloudy skies, are in the outlook through Friday.

Temperatures are expected to rebound somewhat by Tuesday, when the mercury is predicted to reach 65.

The weekend outlook is shaping up nicely, with sunny skies and temperatures hitting the low 70s.

Recent rains are causing levels to rise at Lake Lanier, which stood at 1,070.88 feet above sea level Sunday night. The elevation had dropped to 1,070.49 feet Friday night.

Winter full pool is at 1,070 feet, a mark the lake has stayed above since Feb. 4, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lake goes to summer full pool of 1,071 feet on May 1.

 

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