The weather will be great for the most part this weekend, but that also means it will be ideal for lane closures and roadwork along the top-end Perimeter in Cobb and Fulton counties.
Skies will be partly cloudy Saturday and clearing Sunday with only a slight chance of rain late in the day, evening or overnight Saturday, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz. Temperatures both days will be in the low to mid 50s with nighttime lows around freezing Saturday but rising to around 40 degrees overnight Sunday.
Clear skies are expected Monday before clouds begin to move in again Tuesday. The highs both days will be in the mid 50s with nighttime lows dropping back into the low to mid 30s.
The Georgia Department of Transportation said three left lanes of I-285 eastbound and westbound between I-75 in Cobb County and Northside Drive in Fulton County will be closed for weekend roadwork. The westbound lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound lanes will be closed from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Roadwork is planned for a portion of Ga. 400 northbound, with one right lane affected from I-85 to Sydney Marcus Boulevard all weekend.
Two left lanes of I-85 northbound will be closed from 14th Street in Atlanta to one mile south of Buford Highway from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Saturday, the DOT said.
Beginning Monday, the DOT also plans to shut down Deering Road — a popular cut-through commuters use to get from I-75 and Northside Drive to Peachtree Road — for an extended period to work on an adjacent parking lot and bridge. It’ll be open to only local traffic.
Among the weekend events:
The Atlanta Hawks face the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena; the Gwinnett Gladiators face the Florida Everblades at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Gwinnett Arena; the Centennial Olympic Park ice skating rink is open through Jan. 27; and the Chinese performing arts group Shen Yun appears at the Cobb Energy Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
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