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Buford Weather: Rainy Week, Cooler Temperatures Ahead

Flooding possible across parts of North Georgia as a stalled front continues to produce rainfall.

UPDATED Jan. 14 at 10:37 a.m.

If you are heading out this week, better grab an umbrella.

The Buford weather forecast calls for a chance of rain each day through Friday with temperatures falling throughout the week. High temperatures will drop to the low 50s by Friday with lows dipping into the mid-30s. Patchy fog will be possible at times.

The Buford area could receive several inches of rain. A stalled front has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch for much of North Georgia, including Gwinnett County, through Wednesday morning.

According to the NWS, widespread showers with periods of heavy rain will occur over the watch area allowing for potential storm totals of 3 to 4 inches with as much as 5 inches in some areas. From the NWS:

"Soils are wet in North Georgia due to recent rainfall. This will help in producing runoff as the rainfall amounts begin to accumulate through late Tuesday night. Minor flooding of smaller creeks, streams and low-lying flood prone areas will be possible."

In the Buford area, the rain should taper off Friday evening with the weekend forceast calling for sunny conditions and highs in the low 50s.

Much colder temperatures could soon be on the way though. According to local weather expert Steve Brueck, "The arctic air that's been bottled up in Alaska and Canada is about to take a trip south and make some dramatic changes to our weather here." 

Those changes could include temperatures well below normal for the last week or so of January and the entire month of February. Above normal winter precipitation is also possible.

"I still say our first real shot of cold air is 6-10 days away, sometime in the 20-24th time frame. We will have a cold front come through late this week but it's not the arctic air we're looking for... yet," Brueck added.

Click here for the complete Buford forecast.

North Georgia Weather January 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
FLOOD WATCH NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA 1031 AM EST MON JAN 14 2013 ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS EXPANDED THE • FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA... MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A CARROLLTON TO ATLANTA TO JEFFERSON LINE. • THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. • WIDESPREAD SHOWERS WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WILL OCCUR OVER THE WATCH AREA. ONE TO TWO INCHES HAVE ALREADY FALLEN MAINLY NORTH OF A CARROLLTON TO CANTON TO CLEVELAND LINE. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR POTENTIAL STORM TOTALS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 5 INCHES. • SOILS ARE WET IN NORTH GEORGIA DUE TO RECENT RAINFALL. THIS WILL HELP IN PRODUCING RUNOFF AS THE RAINFALL AMOUNTS BEGIN TO ACCUMULATE THROUGH LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. MINOR FLOODING OF SMALLER CREEKS...STREAMS...AND LOW- LYING FLOOD PRONE AREAS WILL BE POSSIBLE. BIG CREEK...NANCY CREEK...SUWANEE CREEK...AND PEACHTREE CREEK SHOULD BE MONITORED CLOSELY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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