Ware Mechanical Weather Center: The latest on the rough weather due overnight. Hour-by-hour forecast. Expect another inch of rain; flash flood watch starts at 7 tonight. Continuing updates.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: The latest on the rough weather due overnight. Hour-by-hour forecast. Expect another inch of rain; flash flood watch starts at 7 tonight. Continuing updates.

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Severe weather is expected late tonight and early Thursday as a cold front clips Northwest Georgia. Damaging winds and even brief tornadoes are possible. Given all the rain we’ve had, those strong gusts would topple trees overnight, triggering power outages. Moderate to heavy rain also possible, which is why we have a new flash flood watch for the region, starting at 7 tonight and ending at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Some of the storms could pack gusts as high as 60 mph.

As the above map shows, the time table is between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. but expect some overlap on either side. We’re forecast to receive up to an inch of rain, mostly between 1 and 7 a.m. Storms are likely between 3 and 6 a.m.

TONIGHT’S HOUR-BY-HOUR FORECAST:

11 pm

Chance Rain
Temp: 66°F
Wind: S @ 13 mph
12 am

Likely Rain
Temp: 66°F
Wind: S @ 14 mph
1 am

Likely Rain
Temp: 66°F
Wind: SSW @ 14 mph
2 am

Rain And Thunderstorms
Temp: 65°F
Wind: SSW @ 13 mph
3 am

Rain
Temp: 63°F
Wind: SW @ 11 mph
4 am

Rain
Temp: 62°F
Wind: WSW @ 10 mph
5 am

Rain
Temp: 60°F
Wind: WSW @ 9 mph

 

 

Above: The Oostanaula River at the Turner McCall bridge, 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. River level: 26.89 feet (flood stage is 25 feet). Hometown video.

New flash flood watch, 7 tonight through 1 p.m. Thursday:

A cold front will push through Georgia tonight through Thursday. This front will bring another round of locally heavy rainfall to much of north Georgia. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be likely, with locally higher amounts possible. Soils remain saturated and several rivers, creeks and streams remain near or in flood, so any additional rainfall will only create run off and exacerbate ongoing flooding conditions.

FLOODING

Oostanaula River at Rome

RAINFALL totals, 4 a.m. through 10 p.m. Tuesday

  • :Rome: 2.61 inches.
  • Cartersville: 2.65 inches.
  • Calhoun: 2.65 inches.

Latest flooding concerns for area waterways: Click here for latest specific updates.

  • Armuchee Creek near Armuchee affecting Floyd County.
  • Coosa River, Lock and Dam Park.
  • Coosa River, Plant Hammond.
  • Oostanaula River near Resaca affecting Floyd and Gordon Counties
  • Oostanaula River, near Calhoun affecting Gordon County.
  • Oostanaula River, near Rome/Bypass.
  • Oostanaula River near Rome US Hwy. 27 affecting Floyd County (see above graphic).

Floyd County/Rome road closures: Floyd County roads update as of 11 a.m. Wednesday:

:-Gaines Loop is now open.
The following roads remain closed
>Thomas Bluff Road – 900 block near County Line
>Collier Road – access past 100 block should come from the north loop
>Old River Road – between Highway 20 and the boat Ramp.

FORECAST

Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Wednesday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 56. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 46.

Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 28.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 52.

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