A flood watch—which covers Bartow, including the city of Cartersville, Cherokee, Floyd and other counties—goes into effect at 1 p.m. today and continues through Wednesday morning.
It warns that widespread showers with periods of heavy rain are likely today and tonight and forecasts call for a total of 2 to 3 inches of rain, with isolated amounts of up to 4 inches.
"Soils are abnormally moist to wet in northwest Georgia due to recent rainfall," the watch says. "This will help in producing runoff as the rainfall amounts begin to accumulate through late Tuesday night. Minor flooding of smaller creeks, streams and low-lying, flood-prone areas will be possible."
Along with the rain, which is forecast for Tuesday at an 80 to 90 percent chance, the risk of flooding will continue into Wednesday morning.
"The rain will diminish Wednesday only to increase again Thursday. This could produce additional flooding to parts of north Georgia [on] Thursday," according to the Hazardous Weather Outlook. "Total rainfall amounts by Friday morning could reach 3 to 4 inches across north Georgia with lesser amounts to the south."
Rivers and streams that should be monitored closely include Lookout Creek, West Chickamauga Creek, South Chickamauga Creek, Coahulla Creek and the Conasauga River.
A flood watch means the potential for flooding exists, based on current forecasts.
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