St. Patty's parade, roadwork mean traffic tie-ups

There were plenty opportunities to join the crowd Saturday in Atlanta, outside and inside your vehicle.

As the weather once again cooperated, a St. Patrick's Day Parade got under way at Peachtree and Pine streets. The route took the parade south on Peachtree to Marietta Street and west on Marietta Street to Spring Street.

Other major events included the Atlanta International Auto Show at the Georgia World Congress Center through Sunday and the Harlem Globetrotters at 7:30 p.m. at Philips. Saturday started out with a Downtown Dash for Diabetes 5K.

Traffic delays resulted from weekend roadwork on some interstates, according to the state Department of Transportation. The potential traffic tie-ups include:

-- I-285 southbound (inner loop) in DeKalb County between Northlake Parkway and I-85, Saturday and Sunday.

-- The Downtown Connector northbound between Cleveland Ave. and the I-75/85 merge, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

-- The Connector northbound near Langford Parkway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The weather was expected to cooperate.

"After some early morning showers we’ll enjoy dry weather into the afternoon," Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said Saturday.

Temperatures will climb back into the low 80s, just shy of the record 86 degrees, Nitz said.

"Scattered storms will pop up during afternoon and evening hours. Not everyone will get rain but the spots that do can see heavy downpours, lightning and small hail," Nitz said.

Sunday will see a return of scattered afternoon storms, with the best chances east of metro Atlanta, the meteorologist said. Highs will remain in the low 80s through mid week.

The weather, however, won't stop other events planned for Sunday, including another 5K race. The Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon gets under way at 7 a.m. It starts and ends at Centennial Olympic Park downtown, with the race route winding through Midtown, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland and Little Five Points.

Bruce Springsteen also is in concert Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Philips Arena.

Staff writer Joel Provano contributed to this article