Beautiful weekend on tap for metro Atlanta

Tuesday's winter storm will be a distant memory this weekend, as temperatures climb into the upper 50s and 60s.

"It is going to be a beautiful weekend," WSB-TV meteorologist Karen Minton told the AJC.

"A strong high-pressure ridge is building in across the Great Lakes extending all the way to Georgia," Minton said. "It will keep north Georgia and the metro Atlanta area dry and sunny."

Highs will be in the upper 50s on Saturday, warming to the low 60s on Sunday. Overnight lows will still be on the chilly side, dropping to the upper 20s early Saturday and low 30s early Sunday.

"Our normal high is 62 degrees, and the normal low is 41," Minton said.

She said the next chance of rain will be on Tuesday, with a greater risk of rain on Wednesday and possibly thunderstorms on Thursday.

The dry weekend forecast will be welcome news for race fans headed to Hampton for the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The state Department of Transportation is warning that motorists should expect heavy congestion through Sunday on I-75 and U.S. 19/41 south of Atlanta, as well as on Ga. 20 and Ga. 81.

Weekend events likely to cause traffic in downtown Atlanta include a Hawks game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Philips Arena and Sunday's 5 p.m. Thrashers game at Philips Arena.