Some students in Tucker waited for no-show buses as drivers staged a sick-out in DeKalb County starting Thursday morning.

Photo: WSB-TV
Photo: WSB-TV

Rain expected first day of school for Atlanta, Cobb, Decatur, Cherokee

The weather Tuesday will, no doubt, reflect the mental state of Atlanta, Cobb County, Decatur and Cherokee County students Tuesday as they return to school.

Clouds, storms and rain.

The metro Atlanta forecast by WSB-TV’s Severe Weather Team 2, says there will be an 80 percent chance of showers during the day.

Wet weather will ease up, but only a little, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Rain is bad enough for Atlanta traffic, but throw in the lumbering yellow school buses, parents creating choke points when they drop off and pick up their children, and the flood of thousands of high school students back on the road, and there will be misery enough to share on the roads.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale urged drivers to remain alert with the return to school.

 “We all kind of get into that summer slump, where we get into autopilot,” she said. “We need to turn it off with children back in school,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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