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Warm weather's return could bring rain, storms
Gainesville High lacrosse team members Heidi Becerra, left, and Ariana Olalde try to keep warm during a break in the team's practice Tuesday afternoon. Today's weather will be milder with highs in the low 60s. - photo by Scott Rogers | The Times

Northeast Georgia's abnormally warm winter is set to resume today, with the high temperature for the Gainesville area pushing into the 60s.

A chance of drizzle and areas of fog are expected to clear up by 10 a.m., producing a mostly sunny day with a high of 62, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

The weather system that brought 0.09 of an inch of rain to the area, along with blustery conditions, raised the level of Lake Lanier by 0.02 of a foot to 1,063.07, which is 7.93 feet below full pool.

Overnight, the forecast calls for a slight chance of showers before 3 a.m., a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 3 and 4 a.m., then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4 a.m. The early morning hours are expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 47 and a 60 percent chance of precipitation. Rainfall is expected to be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch, although more is possible from thunderstorms.

On Thursday, the chance of occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm is expected to grow to 80 percent, with a high near 59.

The forecast for Thursday night calls for partly cloudy skies and a low around 44.

Skies should brighten for the Presidents Day holiday weekend, with Friday predicted to be mostly sunny with a high about 62 before yielding to partly cloudy skies at night with a low around 38.

Saturday's forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high around 59. There is a 30 percent chance of showers on Saturday, growing to 50 percent Saturday night, which is predicted to be mostly cloudy with a low of about 40.

The chance of showers is predicted to decline to 40 percent Sunday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 51. The Sunday night forecast calls for the probability of showers to drop back to 30 percent under mostly cloudy skies with a low around 37.

For Presidents Day on Monday, a high of about 54 is forecast under mostly sunny skies, which are expected to become partly cloudy, with a low around 39, that night.