It’s going to rain all day today–and lots.
11Alive reports, “Atlanta could pick up more rain in a single day [today] than the area has seen in the previous five weeks combined. For other parts of north Georgia, the one-day rain total could exceed the rainfall for the entire rest of the fall season.”
The heaviest rain time will be today until 2 pm, but it’s expected to rain all day.
11Alive says the city might get up to 1.5 inches of rain, “but the consensus points to around 1″ of rain in Atlanta.” If we end up with 1 inch of rain, it’ll be the most rain since August 6th, but if it’s closer to 1.5 inches, it will actually be the wettest day since last March.
Okay… what does this mean?
As with any weather situation, this means you should take extra caution when driving especially. Today and tomorrow are big travel days for the holidays, so the wet conditions paired with extra holiday traffic could mean more dangerous conditions.
11Alive reports, “Roads could become water-logged with ponding or standing water, especially where storm drains are blocked by recently fallen leaves. Wind gusts could be 25 to 30 mph.” Make sure to drive very carefully and safely on your way home after work or on your way to your Thanksgiving plans.
Does this help the drought?
11Alive reports that this storm, “comes in the middle of a level 4 ‘exceptional’ drought across northwest Georgia. 16 counties in the state are under emergency drought declarations, designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Although this system alone won’t wipe out our drought, it will put a small dent in it. We also have a second chance for rain this week coming on Friday. Rain totals from that are yet to be determined.”
Stay safe, Atlanta! And stay dry!