Picture-perfect weekend on tap with temps nearing 70 degrees

Outstanding weather is forecast for this weekend’s slate of downtown events that include a fundraising walk, a cheerleading competition and basketball.

“We’ve got a great looking weekend coming our way,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said Friday.

Minton is predicting sunny skies, with highs climbing from the low 60s Friday to the upper 60s Sunday. Counties to the west and southwest of Atlanta could even see temperatures in the low 70s by Sunday, Minton said.

Weekend lows will still be a little on the chilly side, bottoming out in the low to mid-40s.

Those dry skies and warm afternoon temperatures will be welcomed by participants in Sunday’s Hunger Walk to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Walkers will depart Turner Field at 2 p.m. on the 5K course that goes north to the Sweet Auburn district before returning to Turner Field.

Other downtown events this weekend include the American Royale cheer and dance competition all day Saturday and Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center and the Hawks-Nets game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Philips Arena.

The Gwinnett Arena will be hosting the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday through Sunday.

The dry weather also means motorists can expect weekend roadwork to block lanes on several metro interstates.

On the top-end Perimeter, a couple of northbound lanes will be closed from Atlanta Road to Paces Ferry Road, while on the southbound side, two lanes will be shut down from Cobb Parkway to Paces Ferry Road.

East of there, lane closures are planned on I-285 westbound from Roswell Road to Riverside Drive. The ramp from I-285 westbound to Riverside Drive will also be closed this weekend.

In south DeKalb County, up to two lanes of I-285 in each direction will be blocked near Glenwood Road.