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More Wet Winter Weather Headed To Mid-State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Weather experts are predicting mild temperatures and rain for several day, possibly up to 6 inches by early next week.

The Army Corp of Engineer officials said they've dropped the levels of Percy Priest Lake this winter in anticipation of heavy rainfall.

Fishermen on Percy Priest Dam said a good rain will bring the fish out.

"It makes the bugs fall in, and trout love that," said Ross Barnett, a fisherman.

NewsChannel 5's Meteorologist Lelan Statom predicts rain for several days, which could come with unintended consequences.

"The problem is there will be several waves of rain between now and next Tuesday so those extra waves of rain through next Tuesday or Wednesday, a flooding issue out there because it could be on already saturated ground," he said.

Flooding isn't the only concern, but so is the threat of severe weather.

"That's the down-side in the stretch we're going to get spring like weather in January," said Statom. "The downside to that is when you get spring-like weather in January then you get spring like storms in January."

After a drought year though, the rain will be a welcomed sight for more than just the fishermen.

"I think considering the drought we've had in the past year and the rainfall, most farmers would be very appreciative of some good steady rainfall over the winter months; that's what we really need," said Tom Womack with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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