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Flash Flood Watch in Effect, Heavy Rain Likely This Weekend

Another rainy weekend in store.

It's the  weekend... what else would you expect? Yes, once again a rainy weekend. This one may be wetter than the last, but rainy enough for the NWS to issue a Hydrologic Outtlook around 4 p.m. this afternoon:

You can read the enitire text here 

But here is a summary:

HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK
...HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING LIKELY THIS WEEKEND OVER NORTH AND
WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA...

.RAINFALL EXPECTED...
PERIODS OF RAIN WILL DEVELOP OVER NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA ON
FRIDAY NIGHT AND BECOME WIDESPREAD OVER THE STATE SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES WITH
ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS CAN BE EXPECTED OVER NORTH AND PORTIONS OF WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA THIS WEEKEND. THE MAIN AREA OF CONCERN WILL BE MAINLY NORTH OF A LINE FROM NEAR LAGRANGE THROUGH FAYETTEVILLE AND COVINGTON TO COMER. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE REMAINDER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.

.SYNOPSIS...
A STRONG STORM SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH THE CENTRAL U.S. WILL DEEPEN
AS IT MOVES EAST THIS WEEKEND. LOW LEVEL WINDS AHEAD OF THE
ASSOCIATED WARM AND COLD FRONTS WILL PUMP VERY MOIST ATLANTIC AND
GULF MOISTURE INTO GEORGIA. WIDESPREAD RAIN WITH EMBEDDED
THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FRIDAY NIGHT AND SPREAD OVER THE STATE THROUGH MONDAY.

UPDATE: The NWS has issued a Flash Flood Watch at 3:54AM Friday morning that is in effect through Sunday.

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL GEORGIA... NORTHEAST  GEORGIA AND NORTHWEST GEORGIA.

* FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

* PERIODS OF RAIN WILL DEVELOP OVER NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA  TONIGHT AND BECOME WIDESPREAD OVER THE STATE SATURDAY THROUGH  SUNDAY. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2.5 TO 3.5 INCHES WITH  ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS CAN BE EXPECTED ACROSS NORTH  GEORGIA... WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS EXPECTED ACROSS NORTHWEST  GEORGIA. THE MAIN AREA OF CONCERN WILL BE NORTH OF A LINE FROM  CEDARTOWN TO ALPHARETTA TO HOMER WHERE THESE RAINFALL AMOUNTS  ARE EXPECTED TO COMBINE WITH WET ANTECEDENT CONDITIONS.

* LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE IF THE HEAVY RAIN  REPEATEDLY MOVES OVER THE SAME AREA. ALSO... STORM  DRAINS... DITCHES... AND LOW LYING AREAS MAY BECOME QUICKLY  CLOGGED WITH DEBRIS AND CAUSE EXTENSIVE STREET FLOODING.  WIDESPREAD MINOR FLOODING OF THE LARGER CREEKS OR RIVERS IS MOST  LIKELY TO DEVELOP WITH THE EXPECTED STORM TOTAL RAINFALL  AMOUNTS. WITH THE WET PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS...ISOLATED  SIGNIFICANT FLOODING MAY AFFECT FLOOD PRONE ROADS AND STRUCTURES  NEARBY... ESPECIALLY THOSE CREEKS AND RIVERS THAT WERE IN FLOOD  EARLIER THIS WEEK.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.


YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

 

We'll know more tomorrow about moisture placement, buth either way, someone around here is going to get real wet.

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Kristi Reed May 06, 2013 at 11:44 AM
I don't report totals. I'm suspicious of my gauge. It always seems like I come in way higher than what you get. Last night, it looks as if I got .75 inches.
Mitch May 06, 2013 at 12:43 PM
4.75" as of 6am this morning, and I suspect some evaporating with the couple hours of warm sun yesterday afternoon.
North Georgia Weather May 06, 2013 at 08:50 PM
More rain on the way and should be here within 30 minutes. It may rain for a while! Don't act surprised either! :-)
North Georgia Weather May 06, 2013 at 11:56 PM
OK... 30 minutes... 3 hours, that's close isn't it? :-)
North Georgia Weather May 07, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Lake Lanier is within 3.6 feet of its record level, currently sitting at 1073.56. The record is 1077.2 feet. http://www.daculaweather.com/4_lake_lanier.php

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