Rain could dampen weekend plans

"Afteroon and evening showers and thunderstorms will become more active today, with heavy rain the primary threat," WSB-TV meteorologist Karen Minton said Friday morning.

The National Weather Service warned that a few of the storms could be severe, producing quarter-sized hail and winds gusting to 60 mph.

The chance of rain is 70 percent Friday and 40 percent Saturday and Sunday. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 80s.

While the red-hot Atlanta Braves are playing on the West Coast this weekend, the rain could impact Gwinnett Braves home games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon.

With last month's completion of the Downtown Connector repaving, the biggest impact from weekend construction is likely to be on U.S. 78 between East Park Place and Memorial Drive in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Two eastbound lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday and from 9 p.m. Saturday through noon on Sunday, while two westbound lanes will be shut down for construction between 11 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

In Rockdale and Newton counties, construction is scheduled to take up one westbound lane of I-20 between Almon and Sigman roads during the overnight hours Friday and Saturday nights.

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