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Heavy rain, storms likely to return to area
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A few welcome days of sunshine and clear skies are expected to give way to rain clouds again by this afternoon.

These storms aren’t expected to bring the kind of heavy downfalls that led to widespread flooding in areas of metro Atlanta and North Georgia earlier this week.

But because the ground remains saturated from several inches of rain over the past 10 days, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of North and Central Georgia, meaning conditions are right for potential flooding.

The heaviest rainfall could be in the Georgia mountains this time around, filling creeks and streams already overflowing from the recent rains.

The NWS is calling for a 90 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, some with heavy rainfall of a quarter to a half-inch. The high temperature is only expected to reach 72.

The chance of storms continues until around 2 a.m. before diminishing to about 50 percent.

Sunday is expected to be sunny, with highs near 80. Cooler temperatures and clear skies are forecast for early next week.

Lake Lanier continued to rise Friday as creeks and rivers swelled by several days of rain continued to fill into the reservoir.

The water level was at 1,068.08 feet above sea level Friday afternoon, a scant 3 feet below full pool of 1,071 feet and some 16 feet above the level recorded at the first of the year.