A wet week being forecast

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 9:10 a.m.

More rain is expected through Friday in Alachua, Marion and other North Florida counties, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville warned Tuesday.

A flood watch went into effect Tuesday for counties including Alachua, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Gilchrist, Suwannee and Union.

The chance of rain ranges from 50 percent to 90 percent in the Gainesville area today through Friday, the weather service forecast.

A stalled warm front across southeastern Georgia, combined with low pressure along the front, were behind the rain and ahead of cooler overnight temperatures in the 50s expected later in the week.

"It looks like the band of heaviest rain is going to be north of Gainesville," said meteorologist Phil Peterson. But, he said, Gainesville could receive close to two inches of rain by this afternoon.

Some of the storms could be strong. But the main concern will be locally heavy rainfall.

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