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Widespread rain, possible flooding in weekend forecast

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The cool, wet spring will continue this weekend with another dousing of showers and thunderstorms that could cause some flooding.

Many areas are still recovering from more than 5 inches of rain that fell last weekend, so officials are keeping a close eye on water levels in streams and rivers.

A band of moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to push into Middle Tennessee on Friday afternoon and slowly move across the state.

This will result in at least 1 to 2 inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts of 3 inches starting Friday night and lasting through Sunday morning.

The heaviest rain is expected to fall between the Tennessee River and Interstate 65 on Saturday.

Middle Tennessee is under a flood watch, meaning there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Metro Water Services sent a handful of workers to check area stormwater drains to ensure the rain has as clear of a path as possible.

"We do a lot of work ahead of forecasted rain," said Metro Water spokeswoman Sonia Harvat. "Take your foot, take a shovel and get all that debris off the storm drain and see if it looks clear underneath."

The Nashville Emergency Operations Center has an interactive map called NERVE that is designed to provide timely information such as road closures during natural or man-made emergencies in Nashville. To view information for your area, visit: http://maps.nashville.gov/nerve/index.html.

Harvat also said it is especially important to be aware of the water situation if you live in a low-lying area or if your driveway is in a low-lying area.

"Move your car up to a higher elevation when you know there is going to be a lot of rain, especially overnight," she said.

Several outdoor events are planned for this weekend, including the popular annual Tennessee Craft Fair at Centennial Park, where organizers say the fair will go forward rain or shine.

"It's always good shopping, and it's always good fun. It's a great time to relate to the artists. Actually, the rain will clear out some of the crowds and it might be a little bit easier to have a great time," said Teri Alea, executive director of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists.

Trevecca Nazarene University will use a "plan B" for its weekend commencement ceremony to avoid the rain. The school plans to livestream its graduation to four different locations on campus.

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