Atlanta to see chilly temps this Valentine’s Day weekend

Atlanta to see chilly temps this Valentine’s Day weekend

Cupid’s not bringing spring-like weather this Valentine's Day (which is Sunday, in case you forgot).

Freezing temperatures this weekend is about as pleasant as weather conditions will get over the next few days, with freezing rain likely Monday and Tuesday in metro Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News meteorologists said.

For Atlantans determined to make those long-planned dinner reservations come freezing temps or sunshine, be sure to check the traffic before heading outdoors.

Here’s what you need to remember to avoid the work zone backups:

The Northwest Corridor express lanes project will lead to several lane closures on I-75.

Two northbound lanes on I-75 will close between Delk Road and Windy Hill Road overnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The work will begin at 9 p.m. each day and end at 5 a.m. the next day.

One southbound lane on I-75 will close between Delk Road and Windy Hill Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

One northbound lane and two southbound lanes on I-75 will close over I-285 and between Windy Hill Road and Cumberland Parkway from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Two northbound and two southbound lanes on I-75 will close between Wade Green Road and Ga. 92 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Sunday.

One lane on I-75 will close on the southbound on-ramp from Delk Road from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

And a flagging operation will take place on Bells Ferry Road under I-75 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The South Metro Express Lanes project will also lead to several closures.

One southbound lane and shoulder on I-75 will close between the I-675 interchange and Hudson Bridge Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday.

One northbound and one southbound lane and shoulder will close between Ga. 138 and Mt. Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for the northbound lane and from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday for the southbound lane.

A traffic shift on I-75 will take place on the Jodeco Road southbound off-ramp from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

One southbound lane and shoulder on I-75 will close between Hudson Bridge Road and Jodeco Road from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday.

One northbound lane, shoulder and the northbound Jodeco off-ramp on I-75 will close between Hudson Bridge Road and Jodeco Road daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A traffic pace on I-75 will take place on the southbound lanes between the I-675 interchange to Hudson Bridge Road. The traffic pace will require motorists to drive 5 to 10 mph to allow contractors to work across interstate lanes. The Hudson Bridge Road on-ramp will be blocked during the traffic pace, which will take place anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on I-285 will close between Glenwood Road and the I-20 interchange from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign structure work.

Sign structure work will also cause one northbound and one southbound lane on I-75 to close between North Marietta Parkway and the Canton Road Connector from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Weekend to see below-freezing temps

Despite expected highs in the upper 50s Friday, temperatures will drop below freezing this weekend, making way for widespread freezing rain expected Monday in metro Atlanta, Channel 2 meteorologists said.

Saturday will be mostly sunny, and Sunday partly cloudy. All the while, temperatures will dip to the low 20s and barely get warmer than the low 40s, meteorologist Karen Minton said.

The lows are expected to be 28 degrees Saturday and 23 degrees Sunday. The highs should reach 39 degrees Saturday and 43 degrees Sunday.

Forecasts showed an 80 percent chance of winter precipitation on Monday and a 60 percent chance for Tuesday.

Atlanta will likely see freezing rain and not snow Monday, Minton said.

Cheerleading nationals and circus on the weekend agenda

An estimated 50,000 attendees are expected to watch the Cheersport Nationals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

About 24,000 attendees are expected each day at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME.

That event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Philips Arena.

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