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Showers, storms will continue through the weekend in North Georgia
Up to 2 inches of rain possible in area, Weather Service says
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James Alexander, an equipment operator with Hall County Road Maintenance, pulls away portions of a downed tree to move off the road Saturday afternoon along Griffin Drive in Gainesville. The tree was completely blocking a portion of the dead end road briefly keeping a few residents from getting in or out of their neighborhood. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Showers and storms have settled in over North Georgia for what promises to be a gloomy, wet weekend.

Heavy rain began falling this morning in Gainesville, with nearly an inch and a half recorded since 10 a.m. at the National Weather Service recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

As storms moved through the areas, some scattered tree limbs were brought down but there were no reports of damage, according to Hall County Fire Services spokesman Capt. Zachary Brackett.

Spokeswoman Bonnie Jones of Jackson EMC reported no widespread outages in Hall, but a few in Gwinnett County. There were only a handful of outages reported by Georgia Power.

Weather Service meteorologist George Wetzel said a low pressure zone will funnel showers and storms toward the area, a system resulting from the wave of warm temperatures over the last week.

“I wouldn't be surprised if Gainesville got 1 or 2 inches of rain today, but that's just the icing on the cake,” he said. “Tomorrow's the cake.”

Thunderstorms are 80 percent likely Sunday. Wetzel said the Weather Service rarely predicts storms with that high level of certainty, so be prepared for a very wet day.

Wetzel said it’s possible for a tornado to form from any of these thunderstorms. The severe storms have so far been isolated to areas south of metro Atlanta.

Overnight, fog will settle in between showers with lows only in the mid-50s. Sunday’s forecast calls for a chance of storms before morning, that chance increasing by afternoon with highs in the mid-60s. Up to a half inch of rainfall is possible in some areas.

The chance of rain continues into Sunday night with lows in the mid-40s before the rain ease off into a cloudy, cool Monday.

The rains have helped bring Lake Lanier’s water levels up slightly in the last day, but the lake remains around 1,060 feet above sea level, about 11 feet below full pool.

Times staff member Alex Popp contributed to this story.