The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flood Watch for North and Central Georgia, from 7 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday. A strong storm system will spread rain across north and central Georgia tonight and continuing into Sunday. Some of the rain could be heavy late Saturday and Saturday night. Total rainfall of two to three inches is expected across the watch area with isolated higher amounts. The ground across north and central Georgia remains saturated from recent rains. Some rivers and creeks are already running high. Any additional heavy rain will result in high runoff, potentially causing some rivers and creeks to rise above flood stage. High water may not recede until well after the rains end.
The forecast continues to change at a rapid pace as the weather service tries to get a handle on what we can expect. Snow and possibly ice are headed for Northeast Georgia (Gainesville, Athens) over the weekend and perhaps here by early Tuesday. We definitely have 2.5 to 3 inches of rain on the way starting later today and stretching into Sunday. Saturday will be a complete washout. We’ll have live weather updates all weekend on Hometown Headlines.
8:30 p.m. Friday Hazardous Weather Outlook from NWS:
Rain will become widespread and heavy at times by Saturday afternoon, continuing into early Sunday morning. One to three inches of rain can be expected with locally higher amounts possible. A Flood Watch is in effect for all of north and central Georgia beginning Saturday morning. For Saturday night into Sunday, a Winter Storm Watch is in effect for portions of northeast Georgia that has been expanded farther west and south. The zone including northeast metro Atlanta and eastward north of the I-20 corridor including Athens would be primarily for freezing rain with accumulations up to 1/4 inch (higher amounts cannot be ruled out as well). The rest of the watch area including the northeast mountains is for a mix of snow,sleet, and freezing rain, with potential for more significant snow totals. See the Watch for more details. A transition to a light snow/rain mix is possible both Monday morning and Tuesday morning for more of north Georgia. Any accumulations look to be light for now. In addition, gusty east winds 35 to 40 mph are expected Saturday night into Sunday morning, which would bring down ice laden trees and powerlines, and even possibly trees outside the watch area given how the grounds will be saturated from all the rain.
Winter weather briefing from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City (from midday Thursday): click here.
Today: A 20 percent chance of rain after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Calm wind.
Tonight: Rain, mainly after midnight. Low around 38. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday: Rain. High near 42. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 35. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday: Rain. High near 38. East wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 34.
Monday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46.
Monday Night: A slight chance of rain showers before 1am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 20%.