Atlanta weather | Heavy rain moves in, ruining morning commute

Widespread rain, heavy at times, moved into metro Atlanta just in time for Wednesday’s morning commute, and forecasters said the drive home could be just as wet.

The rain began in the northwest suburbs around 4 a.m. By 6 a.m., that first batch of precipitation had moved into DeKalb and Gwinnett counties, but another area of heavy rain was over Carroll County, where up to 2.5 inches of rain had already fallen.

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Other rainfall totals through noon included 1.06 inches in Dallas, .70 inch in Marietta, .35 inch in downtown Atlanta and .30 inch at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

All that rain made a mess of the morning commute. Among the wrecks was a five-vehicle crash that blocked all lanes of I-285 northbound near Camp Creek Parkway before 6 a.m. Authorities reopened the interstate just before 7 a.m.

In DeKalb County, a wreck involving an overturned vehicle blocked a couple of lanes of I-20 westbound near Wesley Chapel Road at 6:30 a.m.

Channel 2 meteorologist David Chandley said the rain would continue off-and-on all day, with a chance of a few thunderstorms scattered among the showers.

“It won’t rain all the time, but we’ll have these waves rolling in here,” he said.

Chandley put the chance of rain at 90 percent Wednesday, decreasing to 40 percent Thursday.

Highs will be in the mid-80s, with lows in the 70s.