The gray days, which have dominated December weather in Hall County, aren’t over yet.
Three waves of rainfall are predicted by the National Weather Service to wash over the county from Thursday, Dec. 27 to New Year’s Day.
The weather service also released a flash flood watch from Thursday evening through Saturday morning for Hall County and other portions of North and Central Georgia.
Kyle Thiem, meteorologist at the weather service’s Atlanta office, said the first wave of rainfall will start Thursday morning and end Friday night. The chance of precipitation for Hall County is 80 percent on Thursday.
The National Weather Service predicted that the worst of the rain would encompass late Thursday and Friday morning.
Thiem said Hall County, on average, will receive 2-3 inches of rain by the end of the first wave.
He said the second round will bring less than an inch of rain, taking place Saturday and Sunday. He expects that Hall County may receive a short break from the rain on Saturday.
The third wave is anticipated for Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan.1 with 1-2.5 inches of rain.
“This round will be a little heavier than the weekend,” Thiem said. “If we haven’t quite recovered from saturation of the first round, you could have problems around streams and rivers.”
He said this year has received an anomalous amount of rainfall around North Georgia, especially within the last several months.
Thiem encourages people to pay attention to their surroundings when driving during the storms, and not to cross roads that are covered with flowing water.
“That’s one of the biggest causes of fatalities due to weather events, people driving through flooded roads,” he said. “If you find yourself in areas prone to flood, make preparations for another round of rain.”
Updates can be found on the National Weather Service’s website.