After a cool start to February, the weather is warming up and now a lot of rain is predicted to potentially cause floodwaters to rise around the area as the National Weather Service has put Polk County under a Flood Watch.

The meteorologists in Peachtree City issued a Flash Flood Watch early this morning that began at 7 a.m. and extends until Friday afternoon for portions of north-central Georgia that include Polk, Paulding, and Haralson counties.

Forecasters are concerned that excessive runoff from heavy rains this morning, and more set to come throughout the day may result in some low-lying areas, streams, creeks, and rivers overrunning their banks.

The watch extends until 1 p.m. on Friday

Expect more heavy rainfall as the forecast calls for showers to continue after 5 p.m. during the commute home, and winds to pick up and gust as high as 30 mph. At least a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain will be added during the evening hours. The high is expected to get up to 70 today.

Overnight, temperatures are back down 41, and there is a 100% chance of rain continuing overnight. Winds are expect to gust as high as 25 mph, and there’s a chance for a thunderstorm. Expect between three quarters and an inch of rain overnight.

Rain chances extend into Friday morning, but should move out of the area by 3 p.m. Expect the thermometer to drop after a mild day today down to 47 as the high, and will drop below freezing down to 25 overnight into the weekend.

Check back for any further weather alerts as they become available.

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