Atlanta weather | Tornado watch lifted for metro Atlanta counties

Another weather record fell Tuesday, as an afternoon high of 77 degrees beat the old record of 74 set in 1979. But as pleasant as the day was, unsettled conditions shook up the evening hours.

Shortly before 9 p.m., the National Weather Service removed Clayton, Fayette, Henry and other south metro counties from a tornado watch area. A tornado warning issued earlier for Heard and Troup counties expired at 6:45 p.m.

But heavy rain caused traffic problems across the region, with part of I-75 flooded near Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw. The National Weather Service had predicted up to an inch of new rain could fall across the region.

For most of the metro Atlanta area, "we will have a slight risk for severe storms until 11 p.m., but the dynamics of this weather system are pulling away from Georgia tonight, lessening the threat," Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

Monday’s high of 77 broke the old record for the date of 76 set in 1942.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said any lingering rain and storms should end Wednesday morning, with skies becoming partly sunny by the afternoon. Highs Wednesday will be about 10 degrees cooler than in prior days, topping out in the mid-60s.

The forecast for Thanksgiving Day calls for sunny skies, with highs in the mid-60s and lows in the mid-40s.