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Week to start out with cold, rain
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Today: Occasional showers, mainly before 1 p.m. High near 56. West wind between 10 and 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Mostly cloudy tonight, then gradually becoming mostly clear with a low around 36.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 59. North wind around 5 mph. Rain likely overnight and mostly cloudy with a low around 42.

Wednesday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 46. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. Rain likely overnight and cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Thursday: Partly sunny with a high near 50. Partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 33.

Friday: Sunny with a high near 46. Mostly clear overnight, with a low around 32.

Saturday: Sunny with a high near 52.

Source: National Weather Service, Peachtree City

Don’t forget an umbrella as you walk out the door this morning because the expected occasional showers could put a damper on your day.

Also, hot chocolate could be your friend this morning as today’s high is expected to be in the mid-50s.

The rain and cold are being generated by a cold front coming from the Northwest mixed with moisture from the gulf, said forecaster Mike Leary with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

There should be a break in the rain on Tuesday — the weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 59 — but it could be the warmest day all week.

Wednesday is shaping up to be a pretty nasty day, with a 90 percent chance of rain that could be heavy at times and a forecast high of 46. Friday’s high is also forecast to be 46 and the overnight low is expected to dip to freezing.

But there is no need to plan any sled rides in your backyard yet; there are no expectations for flurries in Gainesville or the Northeast Georgia area in the near future, Leary said.

The rain is expected to dry up by Thursday and the weather should remain dry through Saturday, but the cold will stick around.

Higher than normal rainfall amounts in November helped increase the level of Lake Lanier as high as 1,073.05 feet above sea level on Nov. 13, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake has dropped steadily since, and was at 1,071.16 feet Sunday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Edie Rogers, senior content editor, contributed to this story.

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