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Silent but wet holiday
Rain to return for weekend
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Forsyth County News

The weather outside may have seemed frightful this Christmas, but Forsyth County stayed fairly calm over the holiday.

Despite some wet and windy weather, Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said no major incidents were reported.

“Definitely, we’ve had our share of the rain, which of course was badly needed, but none of it resulted in severe weather,” Shivers said.

“There was never any cause for concern in terms of wind damage or flooding.”

It wasn’t a white Christmas but certainly a wet one, with Forsyth County receiving between 1.5 to 2 inches of rain in about 24 hours, according to Laura Belander, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

“It’s definitely going to be helping us with our rainfall deficit,” Belander said. “But we’re still pretty far behind from where we should be this year.”

In fact, the area trails its yearly rain total by more than 13 inches.

“I hate it for the kids who got bikes this year for Christmas, but on the other hand we really need the rain,” Belander said. “It’s good for us that we’ll get another batch of rainfall here on Friday night into Saturday.”

Forsyth remains under a flood warning through 1:40 p.m. today, according to the weather service.

While no roads were closed, and most were actually drying out Wednesday, a popular recreational trail in south Forsyth was not as fortunate.

According to the county government’s web site, Big Creek Greenway has been closed. There is no indication when it will reopen.

The rain this weekend isn’t likely to be accompanied by thunderstorms or high winds, such as the gusts up to 36 mph Wednesday, Belander said.

The cold front that brought the rain also delivered cooler temperatures.

Today’s high is expected to be about 45 degrees, while tonight should dip down into the upper 20s, Belander said.

The area will warm up again by Saturday with a high in the mid-50s, which she said is closer to the average temperature for this time of year.

For early next week, the highs are expected to remain in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-30s.