Beginning this morning, the area is under a flood watch ahead of low pressure system expected to move through tonight, according to the National Weather Service.
In effect until Wednesday morning, the flood watch warns of rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches beginning tonight.
Flooding will be possible with periods of heavy rain over the same areas. Also storm drains and ditches may become quickly clogged with debris and leaves, which could cause extensive street flooding and road ponding, the NWS stated. Minor flooding of some of the larger creeks or rivers is more likely with the expected storm total rainfall amounts.
Combined with the rainfall predications are wintry temperatures.
Following possible freezing rain and sleet through this morning, a second round of wintry precipitation is expected late tonight and into Wednesday.
Rain will become mixed with snow after midnight tonight. The rain and snow mix will become all snow at elevations above 1,500 feet. Snowfall amounts of up to a half inch on grassy areas are possible across north Georgia with amounts of up to an inch and a half possible in the highest elevations.
According to the NWS forecast, 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible today with a high near 45. Tonight, the area will see rain before 4 a.m., becoming rain and snow between 4 and 5 a.m., tapering off to rain after 5. Winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph after midnight with a low around 35.
On Wednesday, there is a chance of rain, snow and sleet before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow between noon and 1 p.m. Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible under partly sunny skies and high near 40.
Under the extended forecast, Wednesday night’s low of 22 is the coldest in the coming days, which all call for sunny skies and highs rising to around 50 on Friday.
The record low for Cartersville was 4, with average highs of 66 and lows of 40.