UPDATE: Today’s flash flood watch has been canceled for most of north and west central Georgia. Heavy rainfall has diminished, and additional heavy rainfall is not expected during the next couple of days. However excessive rainfall from earlier this week, as well as this evening, has left some area creeks and rivers well above flood stage.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through late tonight for Marietta and Cobb County. A strong upper level system and associated cold front will approach Georgia today. A backdoor cold front will continue drifting into north central and northeast Georgia today as well.

Due to the ample tropical moisture in place and soils still saturated from widespread record rainfall and flooding earlier this week, any heavy rain that develops will lead to additional flooding concerns. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches can be expected across the watch Area, with locally higher amounts of 4 inches or more possible, especially in the north Georgia mountains.

Soils remain saturated from the record rainfall across the region during the past 10 days. Any heavy rain that develops will quickly run off into creeks and streams, leading to rapid rises.

This event is not expected to be as widespread or as significant in magnitude as earlier this week, but localized areas, especially across the mountains and parts of the Atlanta Metropolitan area, will likely experience flash flooding. Do not drive across areas where water covers the road. Remember to “turn around…don`t drown!”

What does a flash flood watch mean?

A flash flood watch means that conditions are likely to develop that will lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation, you should monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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