The National Weather Service at Peachtree City has issued a flash flood watch until 1 p.m. today (Thurs., Feb.13)for the following counties: Dawson-Lumpkin-White-Dade-Walker-Catoosa-Whitfield-Murray-Fannin-Gilmer-Union-Towns-Chattooga-Gordon-Pickens-Dawson-Lumpkin-White-Floyd-Bartow-Cherokee-Polk-including the cities of Calhoun, Dahlonega, Cleveland, Rome, and Cartersville. The Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of north central Georgia…northeast Georgia and northwest Georgia…including the following areas…in north central Georgia…Cherokee…Dawson…Fannin…Gilmer… Lumpkin…Pickens and Union. In northeast Georgia…Towns and White. In northwest Georgia…Bartow…Catoosa…Chattooga… Dade…Floyd…Gordon…Murray..Polk…Walker and Whitfield.
* A cold front will move southeast across the forecast area today. This front will bring another round of locally heavy rainfall to much of north Georgia. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be possible, with locally higher amounts possible. Soils remain saturated and several rivers, creeks and streams remain near or in flood, so any additional rainfall will only create run off and exacerbate ongoing flooding conditions.
* Flash flooding and minor to moderate flooding of larger creek and rivers is expected. This will close some roads and could flood homes and businesses in flood-prone areas. Along larger creeks and rivers, flooding could last for several days.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.