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Rainy weather, like Friday's seen here, should be out of the area soon. - photo by Jim Dean (previous profile)
About 3 inches of rain had fallen across Forsyth County by the end of what was without a doubt a soggy week.

Matt Sena of the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City said about 2.5 inches had fallen by Friday afternoon. That number was likely to increase by a half to 1 inch before today.

"We're not expecting huge amounts [of rainfall] because these storms are sweeping through pretty quick," Sena said. "A few isolated areas under a stronger storm might see a little bit more.

"But we're not having the kind of coverage we had Wednesday, where it just rained all day and didn't stop."

He said about 2 inches of rain fell between 7 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday, while less than half an inch had fallen from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday.

There's a 20 percent chance of rain today.

The recent rains add to what has already been a wetter-than-normal winter, with one week left.

The area recorded 19.21 inches of rain between Dec. 1- Feb.  28. That was nearly 13 inches more than in 2006, the beginning of a years-long drought, and nearly 4 inches above average.

Spring, which officially begins March 20, is predicted to be cooler than normal with average precipitation.

Entering the weekend, parts of Big Creek from south Forsyth to northern Fulton County were under a flood warning. Sena said the water level would likely stay high for 24 hours.

"The ground is pretty wet from what we got Wednesday, so small creeks will jump up pretty quick if you get a good rain," he said.

He did not expect significant rainfall Saturday. The area could begin drying out by Monday, when partly sunny skies are expected.

Though the rain had residents reaching for their umbrellas and scrapping outdoors plans, it didn't appear to cause too much trouble for public safety officials.

While emergency personnel responded to incidents related to the weather, Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said it had been relatively calm.

Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins agreed. He said deputies responded to only minor traffic accidents throughout the week.

"We worked a number of reports of cars off the road in ditches, but nothing really serious," Huggins said.

According to the weather service, Tuesday is expected to be partly sunny, with a high temperature near 62 degrees and a low temperature near 42.

A 20 percent chance of rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday, with similar temperatures. Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 63.