TUESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: With lots of sun, temps to rise above average

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Layer up: Cooler morning before it warms up into 60s

Weather in metro Atlanta will be anything but typical Tuesday.

After a cold start in the 40s in town and in the 30s outside the Perimeter, lots of sunshine will facilitate a nice warmup, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan. Temperatures are headed for the upper 60s, about 10 degrees above average for mid-December.

“Usually we have clouds or rain in the forecast this time of year,” Monahan said. “We do not have that in the forecast this week. Today is going to be a beautiful day in North Georgia.”

Dress in layers Tuesday, he said. With temperatures at or below freezing in many suburbs, a warm coat will be necessary at the bus stops this morning. Before dawn, you might even catch a glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower during its peak.

The meteor shower will be visible nightly through Friday.

Monahan said temperatures will rise quickly once the sun comes up, reaching the 60s by 1 p.m. The projected high in Atlanta is 66 degrees.

Monahan is expecting “essentially a cloud-free sky” and nearly total sunshine Tuesday. A few more clouds will fill the sky Wednesday, which will hold back temperatures to the lower 60s, he said. No rain is in the forecast through the end of the work week.

“The next three to four days are great for all the outdoor activities,” Monahan said. “After that little dip in temperatures Wednesday, we could be up near record highs by Friday.”

The record to beat Friday is 75 degrees and was set in 1993. The projected high is 73 degrees, according to Channel 2.

The projected high Tuesday is 66 degrees.

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Trip times are climbing as volume builds at the start of the Tuesday morning drive, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The biggest delays are in Cobb County, where a crash has closed lanes on I-285 and a fire has completely shut down a major highway.

The crash was blocking two right lanes on I-285 North at South Cobb Drive at 6:30 a.m., the Traffic Center reported.

In Austell, commuters will have to avoid Veterans Memorial Highway after a building fire shut down the highway in both directions at South Gordon Road. The Traffic Center is suggesting I-20 as an alternate, despite rising trip times on the interstate.

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