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May 3, 2013

Weekend weather: Wet and cool

Rain and cooler temperatures are once again on tap for the weekend.

A strong cold front responsible for steady, moderate to occasionally heavy rain will impact the area through late afternoon today, according to Dan Dixon, a spokesperson with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Huntsville. He said 1-2 inches are possible for most areas, while some isolated areas could see more.

Because of the heavy rain, the NWS has issued a flood watch until 7 p.m.

“People need to watch for any water, especially if they’re out driving,” Dixon said. “And for those who live in flood-prone areas, they need to make sure they have their flood plan ready.”

Once the front passes, Dixon said temperatures would be noticeably cooler. Highs today are only expected to reach the mid 50s.

“This is a pretty strong cold front coming through, so we’ll be a good 20-25 degrees cooler than we were Friday.”

More showers and thunderstorms are likely Sunday, as another unseasonably cold low moves its way east. The chance of rain is near 70 percent.

A 50 percent chance of rain is in the forecast for Monday with highs near 60 before returning to normal by mid week.

Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com.

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