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Rain, rain, go away? Not quite yet for Forsyth County

Rain, rain, go away?

Nope, not quite yet.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Thursday night and through Friday in portions of north and central Georgia, including Forsyth County, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain is expected to move into the area around 7 p.m. tonight with possible rainfall totals of 1 to 2 1/2 inches by Friday evening, leading to possible flooding of urban, low-lying or poor drainage areas.

“This amount of rain will certainly result in more widespread flooding of creeks, small streams and eventually rivers,” the NWS said in a statement. “There is also the risk for localized flash flooding where waters rise in a very short period of time.”

This flash flood watch comes less than a week after heavy rain in Forsyth County affected roads and closed down local parks. Windermere Park was closed from Dec. 28-31, while the Big Creek Greenway didn’t completely open until Jan. 2, according to Forsyth County officials.

The forecast builds off 2018 which saw 70.03 inches of rainfall, the second wettest year on record since the now the National Weather Service began keeping track for Atlanta in 1878. The record remains 71.45 inches in 1948.

Lake Lanier has felt the effects of the recent rain, too, with its level currently at 1,074.03 inches, well above winter full pool (1,070) and summer full pool (1,071) levels.

The good news: sunshine is coming soon. The forecasts for Saturday, Sunday and Monday call for sunny skies and a high temperature of 64 degrees.