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Storms in area may dampen weekend plans
Cold front will bring rain, wind, cooler temps today and Sunday
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National Weather Service forecast

This afternoon: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 pm. High near 74. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2 am. Low around 60. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 2 pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday night: A chance of showers before 2 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thunderstorms are expected to roll through North Georgia today and Sunday, bringing rain and win and perhaps thwarting weekend outdoor plans.

The National Weather Service forecasts scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, and some may be severe. A cold front moving through the Southeast is expected to bring unstable weather and cooler temperatures by Sunday night.

Gusty winds, hail and lightning are likely, along with heavy rains. The storms may continue through tonight and into Sunday.

Today's Rubber Duck Derby was held as scheduled at Lake Lanier before the rains came. Sunday's rains could affect the annual Butterfly Release at Wilshire Trails. 

The chance of precipitation today is 90 percent, dropping to 60 percent on Sunday. Skies are expected to clear with cooler temperatures on Monday.

About three-quarters of an inch rain has been recorded today at the NWS automated recording station at Gainesville's Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

The extra rain could continue to help raise the water level at Lake Lanier, which sat at 1,065.27 feet above sea level at 2:15 p.m. That is less than six feet below full pool of 1,071 feet.

Storms also have caused flights to be halted at Atlanta's Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport.

Check back for weather updates throughout the afternoon.

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