Two major weather systems are predicted to come into Douglas County between now and Monday night, bringing a total of 3 to 4 inches of rain, according to a statement by Wes Tallon, director, County Communications.
According to the National Weather Service briefing that Douglas County receives, rain should continue through Friday. The heaviest rain of this storm will occur Friday night and overnight into Saturday morning before tapering off.
Sunday should be a clear day.
The second round of wet weather will move in overnight Sunday night into Monday, and may contain more severe weather and higher winds.
Douglas County will most likely be placed under a “Flood Watch” for this period of time since our ground is already fairly saturated and the new amounts of rainfall will be heavy and could cause minor flooding in low-lying areas, such as the Sweetwater Creek basin. Residents should be aware that flooding can occur during these two rain events, and that motorists should be aware that ponding most likely will happen. If a motorist cannot see the pavement through the water, they should not drive through it.
The Monday rain event is of concern because the wet ground and the new rain will loosen tree root systems and the winds may blow them over.
Higher rainfall totals and more severe weather is predicted to be south of Douglas County along a line from Columbus to Macon to Augusta where rainfall totals could be as high as six inches.