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So long, snow: Nice weekend ahead
Warmer, rainy days in the forecast
A fisherman casts a line while floating Friday morning on a smooth Lake Lanier at Wahoo Creek. Warmer temperatures are back with the mercury reaching the mid-50s today and into the mid-60s Sunday.

The weather this weekend is “going to be great” according to National Weather Service forecaster Mike Leary.

The region will break free of the wintry grip of the past few days with temperatures in the low-50s today and mid-60s Sunday, Leary said.

“We’re going to stay in the upper-50s on Monday, mid-50s on Tuesday and mid-50s Wednesday, so back toward seasonal,” Leary continued.

The low temperatures are also forecasted to be much more pleasant than the single digit and teen figures experienced as of late.

“Lows are going to be well above freezing, like low-40s, and by Wednesday we’ll probably have (a low) around 30, but it looks to be dead clear by that time — no precipitation expected, so we can handle that,” Leary said.

Wet weather, though, has a 20 percent chance of showing up today and 60 percent chance Sunday.

“But it’s going to drop to a 30 percent chance on Monday. It should be back to 60 percent on Tuesday and then just a slight chance Tuesday night,” Leary said.

The weather system bringing the rain is coming from the west, as opposed to the one that brought in the wintry mix of snow and ice from the north.

“(Previously), we had a real bulb of cold air come down from the Great Lakes and then we had the relatively warm air coming up from the Southwest and from the Gulf, and that really made it hold a lot of moisture,” Leary said. “This next one coming up is really just coming ... not straight north, but coming more from the west, so it’s not as cold. It’s more seasonal.”