Updated Ware Mechanical Weather Center: New flood warning at Lock & Dam; road closure; after school sports update. Nearly 28 inches of rain in Rome between Dec. 1-Feb. 28, almost double the average; winter was 4.4 degrees warmer than normal. Today: Sunny and 67.

Updated Ware Mechanical Weather Center: New flood warning at Lock & Dam; road closure; after school sports update. Nearly 28 inches of rain in Rome between Dec. 1-Feb. 28, almost double the average; winter was 4.4 degrees warmer than normal. Today: Sunny and 67.

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THE LATEST

  • Weather service: Flood warning for Lock and Dam Park: At 23.9 feet and rising. Flood level: 24 feet.
  • Road closed: We had to close Thomas Bluff Road today near the county line due to flooding – river must be up a little, reports Michael Skeen, director of the Floyd County Public Works Department.
  • From parks and rec: Youth practices at Hugh Selman Baseball Complex at North Floyd canceled because of field conditions.
  • Up next: Rain, maybe storms: The next storm system will begin to affect Georgia late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning as a cold front pushes into the area. Showers and a few thunderstorms will spread across north and central Georgia Thursday through Friday. A few storms could become strong to severe Thursday and Friday.

ABOUT WINTER 2018-19

They call it meteorogical winter, or three full months starting Dec. 1 and ending Feb. 28. Below are some stunning facts from the just-concluded season (even though the rest of us observe the start of spring on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 p.m.

Rainfall

Rome: 27.98 inches, almost twice the normal of 14.07 inches. That’s almost the most of any of the cities listed by the weather service. Rome received 10.83 inches alone in February.

Cartersville:  21.99 inches, up 8.25 inches from the average of 13.74 inches.  For Cartersville, the rainy month was December — 9.73 inches.

Average temperature

Rome: The average temperature for the three months was 47.1 degrees, up 4.4 degrees from the normal of 42.7 degrees.  February’s average temperature of 51.6 degrees was 7.1 degrees above normal.

Cartersville:  46 degrees, up 3.3 degrees from the norm of 42.8 degrees. February average high of 50.6 degrees was six degrees higher than normal.

Extremes: Hot and cold temperatures

Rome: 82 on Feb. 7; 18 on Jan. 30.

Cartersville:  81 on Feb. 7, 18 on Jan. 30.

FORECAST

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

Thursday: Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Thursday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

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