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Nasty weather to precede Christmas Day
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Christmas Day should be beautiful, though a bit chilly, but Christmas Eve looks to be a reindeer of a different-colored nose.

Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are in the forecast for today, with a 100 percent chance of rain until about 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City. New rainfall of a quarter to half an inch is predicted, with a high temperature of 60.

“We’re under a real strong influence of moisture, with a cold front from the southwest,” said weather service forecaster Mike Leary.

The weather service has issued a flood watch for most of North and Central Georgia through 8 p.m.

“Developing showers and thunderstorms training across the area will increase the potential for flood problems along area creeks ... rivers and streams”  through this afternoon,” according to the weather service’s statement.

A few of the scattered thunderstorms could become severe, the weather service said, with damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain.

A 30 percent chance of showers remains until about 1 a.m., but temperatures will fall overnight to the high 30s, with west winds of 10 to 15 miles an hour and gusts of up to 20 mph.

Christmas Day is forecast to be mostly sunny, with a high around 52 and west winds of 10 mph gusting up to 15. Thursday night is expected to remain clear, with a low around 34.