Atlanta weather | Rainy week, cold weekend ahead

The rain won’t be going away any time soon.

Tuesday’s wet weather will be much like Monday’s, said Channel 2 Action News meteorologist David Chandley.

Precipitation is expected to stop briefly overnight, but will resume before the morning commute.

The rain, and mild winter temps, are expected to remain in place through Thursday.

The heaviest downpours were reported north of Atlanta. Cherokee and other northwest counties reported almost an inch of rain, while areas south of town got closer to a quarter of an inch and were considerably warmer, Chandley said.

Portions of the metro area, including Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Cherokee, Gwinnett, Paulding, Douglas and Bartow counties, are under a flood watch until Wednesday. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected in those area through Wednesday.

The rain began streaming into Georgia from Alabama late Sunday, and continued through Monday’s morning commute.

Rainfall totals through noon Monday included .34 inch at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, .57 inch in Chamblee and .73 inch in Marietta, but were considerably higher to the north and west, where Cartersville reported 1.14 inches, Calhoun 1.80 inches and Rome 2.31 inches.

Thursday night, there’s a 40 percent chance of a rain/snow mix across extreme north Georgia, where temperatures are forecast to dip to around 30 degrees.

After record-breaking weekend highs in the 70s, temperatures for much of the week should top out in the 60s, with lows in the 50s.

By week’s end, highs should be in the low 50s and lows in the 30s — about normal for mid-January.

Atlanta’s high Saturday of 76 broke a record that had stood for more than a century. The old record high for Jan. 12 of 75 was set in 1890.