Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Beautiful through Sunday; 46-mph gusts, three inches of rain starting Monday. Flash flooding possible. Event cancellations begin.

Ware Mechanical Weather Center: Beautiful through Sunday; 46-mph gusts, three inches of rain starting Monday. Flash flooding possible. Event cancellations begin.

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LATEST ON IRMA

We’ll have a separate update on Irma, at least through the start of the weekend. Click hurricane

Rain: Current forecast shows close to three inches of rain starting Monday afternoon and continuing into Tuesday.

Winds: Sustained winds from 10 to 32 mph from midday Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday; gusts as high as 50 mph during the same time frame.

Source: Both rain, wind totals from the National Weather Service, based on 8 p.m. Friday forecasts.

WEATHER SERVICE: HEAVY RAIN DUE, FLOODING POSSIBLE:

From the National Weather Service: Storm total rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible for portions of north and central Georgia Monday and Tuesday. Locally higher amounts can be expected, especially in the northern mountains and also across the eastern parts of central Georgia where up to 7 inches of rain are possible. This will increase the threat of flash flooding as well as river flooding over north and central Georgia.

Hurricane Irma will begin spreading rain into parts of central Georgia Sunday and Sunday night. As Irma moves into north and
central Georgia as a tropical storm Monday and Tuesday, heavy rain will spread across north and central Georgia. As Irma
continues to weaken into a tropical depression it will stall across the southeast producing additional rainfall Wednesday and
Thursday but amounts are uncertain at this time.

Soils remain wet across much of the area. With the expected rainfall, runoff from the heavy rain could quickly result in both
rural and urban flooding.

Isolated flash flooding will be possible if the spiral bands of heavy rain repeatedly moves over the same area, or if heavy downpours
result in high rainfall amounts over a short period. Also, storm  drains and ditches may become quickly overwhelmed or clogged with
debris and cause extensive street flooding and road ponding.

Stay alert for future Flood or Flash Flood Watches that may be  issued over the next several days.

CANCELLATIONS

From Model High: “The Third Annual Northwest Georgia Marching Exhibition scheduled for Sept. 12 has been canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Irma in our area.”

Monday’s March to the Mountain canceled by weather: ‘It is with deep sadness that we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2017 March to the Mountain 9/11 Memorial walk because of the threat of inclement weather. We have been advised by our county leaders that harsh weather is very likely in our area, and public safety is our main concern. We are working quickly to notify each of our registrants, volunteers, and sponsors of this change, and would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word. We look forward to next year’s March, and hope that you will join us. We are grateful for your support, and very thankful for your understanding.”

 

FORECAST

This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Calm wind.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Light north wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Monday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 59. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 69. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Tuesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

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