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Flood watch issued for parts of Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Water-logged Gwinnett, having already absorbed about two inches of rain since Monday, could get another inch of rain this weekend.

The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued an "areal" flood watch for parts of Gwinnett, including Buford, Lawrenceville and Suwanee. Areal means the flooding could occur over a large area. The areal flood watch included most of north and central Georgia and was set to expire by 8 a.m. on Sunday. A separate flood watch was issued for the entire metro Atlanta area to expire by 8 p.m. on Friday.

The NWS alert said that a persistent upper level trough over the lower Mississippi Valley would continue to bring "abundant moisture" to the area by Sunday morning.

"Combine that with the heavy rain that has already fallen may be sufficient to produce flooding and flash flooding in the watch area," the NWS watch alert said.

The NWS forecast said there is a 90 percent chance of rain for Saturday and a 60 percent chance of rain for Sunday with high temperatures expected to be in the high 70s and low 80s.