Bitter cold forecast by week’s end

Flash flood warnings and a flood watch posted overnight for parts of metro Atlanta expired early Sunday afternoon as forecasters predicted that bitterly cold temperatures will move into north Georgia by late in the week.

The only flood warnings still in effect were for several specific creeks that were at or slightly above flood stage: Big Creek near Cumming and Alpharetta, Noses Creek near Powder Springs, the Little River and Noonday Creek near Woodstock, the Alcovy River near Lawrenceville, Cedar Creek near Cedartown and the Tallapoosa River near Tallapoosa.

Rainfall totals ranged from 1.39 inches in Peachtree City and 2.17 inches in Chamblee to 3 inches in Dunwoody, 3.15 inches in Marietta, 3.16 inches at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 3.40 inches in Dallas.

The storms that dumped the heavy rain had moved well southeast of metro Atlanta by early afternoon Sunday, but not before causing isolated damage, particularly in one area of DeKalb County.

The Weather Service said numerous trees down were blown down before daybreak Sunday in the Embry Hills neighborhood of DeKalb County, but no injuries were reported.

Colder temperatures will move into the state behind the rain, with the coldest weather so far this winter forecast for late in the week.

Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan is forecasting lows in the mid-teens early Thursday, with highs Thursday only reaching the mid-30s.

Before then, Monahan said to expect highs in the mid-60s Sunday, low to mid-50s Monday and Tuesday and low 40s Wednesday, with morning lows in the 30s each day.