Statement as of 4:25 AM EDT on March 25, 2009
... Flood Watch in effect from late tonight through late Saturday
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a
* Flood Watch for portions of central Georgia... east central
Georgia... north central Georgia... northeast Georgia...
northwest Georgia and west central Georgia.
* From late tonight through late Saturday night
* a large storm system over the plains will move northeast into
the western Great Lakes region today. A trailing cold front will
extend from this storm through the Mississippi River valley to a
low pressure system over south Texas. As the cold front moves
east... showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected
to develop and move into north and central Georgia this
afternoon and tonight. The cold front is expected to become
stationary over extreme north Georgia on Thursday as a series of
upper level disturbances move parallel to the front.
Another storm system is expected to develop over central Texas
on Friday and deepen as it moves northeast to the Tennessee
Valley by Saturday. A trailing cold front from this low will
produce numerous thunderstorms with heavy rain which will move
through Georgia on Saturday... ending by early Sunday.
Between these two storm systems... widespread rainfall totals of
3 to 4 inches with isolated 5 inch amounts can be anticipated
over most of north and central Georgia... beginning this
afternoon through early Sunday. The heavy rain threat area at
this time will be generally north of a line from Columbus
through Macon to Augusta.
* This heavy rainfall will likely cause some rivers... streams and
creeks to rise to levels that result in minor flooding.
Localized flash flooding is also possible in urban areas and
mountainous terrain due to rapid runoff.
A Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for flooding
especially along larger streams and rivers. If you are in the
watch area... check your preparedness requirements... especially if
you have interests along area rivers. Keep informed... and be ready
for action if flooding is observed or if a Flood Warning is
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