Rain, more rain forecast

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 8:20 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 8:20 a.m.

Heavy rain was likely in the Gainesville area throughout the day and night due to a low pressure system developing in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported.

Forecasters predicted an 80 percent chance of rain Wednesday and overnight. The low pressure system should move through the area during the day, with meteorologists warning of strong, gusty winds and the chance of tornadoes.

The rain was expected to continue through Saturday with the rain chance ranging from 30 to 50 percent due to another area of low pressure moving into the area.

Wednesday's storms could cause marine and coastal hazards along the west coast including possible coastal flooding depending on the system's path, according to forecasters.

Temperatures should remain in 50s to 70s through Friday in the Gainesville area.

But areas in Georgia could get a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow from Atlanta to Athens and north Wednesday afternoon and night.

Cooler weather was in the forecast for Alachua County Friday night, when temperatures could dip into the 40. Saturday was expected to be colder with highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 30s.

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