ATLANTA, GA — A rainy, dreary weekend is giving way to a rainy work week, and the National Weather Service has issued several weather advisories for the Atlanta area. The region is under a flood watch with a couple inches of rain predicted, a wind advisory and a special weather statement, so be prepared for street flooding to complicate Monday’s drives.
The flood watch went into effect at 8 p.m. Sunday and runs through Monday afternoon for Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, DeKalb, and Fayette counties. It also includes the cities of Dahlonega, Cleveland, Gainesville, Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Athens, East Point, Decatur, Conyers, Covington, Newnan, Peachtree City, and Griffin.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible across within the watch area. The highest rainfall amounts are expected across northeast Georgia with 3 to 4 inches likely, according to the Weather Service.
The intense rainfall will likely lead to rises in creeks and rivers which may go out of their banks. High water will not recede until well after the rain has ended. The forecast carries a chance of rain every day through Friday.
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The wind advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 20 mph or gusts to 35 mph or stronger are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, and drivers are urged to use extra caution.
Areas in the wind advisory include Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Paulding, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Fulton, and DeKalb counties, along with the cities of Calhoun, Dahlonega, Rome, Cartersville, Gainesville, Marietta, Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Athens, Carrollton, Douglasville, East Point, Decatur, Conyers,
Covington, Newnan, Peachtree City, Griffin, Macon, Columbus, and Warner Robins.
Expect east winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 35 to 40 mph tonight, with gusts of up to 45 mph likely at higher elevations. With heavy rainfall during this time, some trees may be downed. Unsecured outdoor items may be blown around.
A slow moving low pressure system will bring widespread rainfall to the area through early Tuesday. Total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected with locally higher amounts possible, especially across northeast Georgia. Flooding potential could linger through Monday given continued rain and runoff. Some storms could be strong in parts of the south and east Monday afternoon. The main threats would be small hail and lightning.
Here’s the week-ahead forecast:
Sunday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 58. East wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Monday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 71. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Monday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening.
Tuesday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
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