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All of Middle Tennessee under flood watch

2:56 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
Rain falls at the 2013 TACA Spring festival at Centennial park. Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
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Written by Brian Haas, The Tennessean

Nashville is a soggy mess, but forecasters say the rains haven't fallen as hard as they've feared so far.

"As of the last 24 hours we've seen ranging from anywhere from 3/4 of an inch to over 2 inches," said Trevor Boucher, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville. "The rain hasn't ended up being as heavy as we thought."

Still, all of Middle Tennessee remains under a flood watch, with areas east of Interstate 65 at highest risk for some minor flooding over the next 24 hours.

As of about 8 a.m., Nashville International Airport recorded just under an inch of rain since yesterday, with much of the area seeing less. Boucher said the heaviest rains fell south of here, in Lawrence and Wayne Counties, where some areas got more than 2 inches of rain.

While a lot of water, Boucher said the location is fortunate, in that areas south of Nashville didn't receive as much of a soaking last week.

"They were able to take a lot of that on without any flooding," he said.

Those in the Nashville area can expect the rain to persist through tomorrow afternoon, he said, while areas east of I-65 could see lingering showers.

As for temperatures, he said Saturday's high was expected to be the lowest on record for this day at 51 degrees. Sunday should begin a gradual warmup with temperatures rising to the 70s by Tuesday and 80s by Thursday.

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