TUESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: More sunshine as Atlanta’s dry streak continues

Metro Atlanta can look forward to a beautiful afternoon Tuesday with above-average temperatures and total sunshine, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The region is slowly pulling away from the chilly weather this weekend, leaving the 40s behind for 50s Monday and headed into the 60s Tuesday. It may feel like spring, but North Georgia still has to get through four more weeks of winter first.

“We’re not there quite yet,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “You’re going to see some cooler weather in the five-day forecast. You’re also going to see some rain.”

While afternoon temperatures will rise above average, morning lows across the region are right on target for this time of year, Monahan said. Atlanta is starting the day in the upper 30s, and there are plenty of 20s and low 30s outside the Perimeter.

The city is typically in the upper 50s for highs, but Tuesday’s numbers are expected to hit 62 degrees, according to Channel 2.

“If that’s not warm enough for you, hold on, we’re going to get there,” Monahan said. “Sixty-five Wednesday and by Thursday, we’re up at 70 degrees. It’s going to feel like springtime as we go into the middle of the week.”

With spring also comes an increased risk of storms. Tuesday will be Atlanta’s 11th day without any measurable rainfall, but Monahan said that streak will be broken Thursday as rain and the chance for an isolated severe storm rolls in.

He expects to see a bit of rain during the morning and afternoon on Thursday before a strong cold front moves in that night. Georgia’s neighbors to the west have the best chance of severe storms, but there is still a Level 1 risk of severe weather for most North Georgia, according to Channel 2.

“Heavy rain is likely, but we could see isolated severe storms,” Monahan said. “A spin-up tornado is possible Thursday night into Friday morning.”

On the other side of the front, North Georgia will turn drier but cooler Friday with a return to highs in the 50s, he said.

Atlanta's projected high is 62 degrees Tuesday.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Tuesday’s weather forecast may be looking sunny, but the morning drive is off to a troubled start, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

A rollover crash on Ga. 316 has tangled Lawrenceville traffic for more than an hour, and there is no relief in sight, traffic reporter Mike Shields said at 6:40 a.m.

“If you are heading out the door in Lawrenceville, we are seeing delays in both directions on Ga. 316, east and westbound, at Riverside Parkway,” Shields said. “Use U.S. Highway 29 or Ga. Highway 120, that will save you a few minutes.”

There are also delays on the Westside, where a crash on the left shoulder of I-20 East at Riverside Parkway is adding to brake lights rolling through Austell, the Traffic Center reported.

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