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New Years Eve to be a rainy one this year
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A year that many will remember for record-breaking rainfall could end with more rain.

While the best chance for rain this week is Wednesday night, a slight chance of rain will remain in the forecast for New Year’s Eve on Thursday.

Mike Leary, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said don’t expect any of this week’s precipitation to fall as snow in Gainesville. Even the North Georgia mountains don’t stand much chance of snow this week.

There is a 70 percent chance of rain overnight Wednesday, but that should taper off to just a 40 percent chance of rain during the day Thursday, Leary said. By Thursday night, when many drivers could be hitting the roads for New Year’s Eve celebrations, there’s only a 20 percent chance of rain, he said. A slight chance of rain remains in the forecast for Friday.

That’s good news for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which predicts 2,330 vehicle crashes that result in 1,004 injuries and 16 deaths between 6 p.m. Thursday and midnight Sunday.

Gainesville has recorded more than 78 inches of rain this year, making it the second-rainiest year on record. The most rain ever recorded in one year in Gainesville was in 1929, when 89.92 inches fell.

The new year may not come in rainy, but revelers certainly will have to bundle up for those outdoors events, especially the peach drop in downtown Atlanta. The high temperature for Thursday is expected to climb only to about 41 degrees, while the overnight low is expected to hover around freezing.

The rain and clouds should clear out for the weekend, with Saturday and Sunday expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the low 40s.