Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heavy rain expected into next week; 4 to 6 inches of rainfall possible.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Heavy rain expected into next week; 4 to 6 inches of rainfall possible.

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‘Significant rainfall’ is on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecast rainfall amounts for today through Wednesday, June 12, continue to be high, particularly for this weekend. Widespread rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches are expected, with higher amounts up to 8 inches possible for the seven-day period. At this time, highest rainfall amounts are expected over portions of Northeast Georgia and the higher elevations. What’s up: Oppressive high pressure over the region the last few weeks has finally released its hold on Georgia, making way for an active weather pattern to develop. Southwesterly flow will allow an enhanced swath of moisture to remain situated over the southeast U.S. into next week. Forecast models indicate that these excessively moist conditions will promote heavy rainfall over this period.

OUTLOOK

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected Wednesday through Sunday with the most coverage over the weekend. Any thunderstorms will be capable of gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain.

FORECAST

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 86. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 69. Calm wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Friday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Friday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

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