Rain likely to shut down weekend interstate work

There are several road construction projects planned this weekend, weather permitting, but the forecast won’t likely be very permitting, as widespread rain is predicted for both Saturday and Sunday.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said early Friday that while there could be a few sprinkles around town Friday night, “the real rain is coming in tomorrow.”

The National Weather Service is predicting weekend rainfall totals of 2 to 2.5 inches across north Georgia, including metro Atlanta, with the heaviest rainfall, possibly accompanied by a few thunderstorms, coming in Saturday night through Sunday.

Minton said the rain “starts to clear out after 10 o’clock Sunday night.” The chance of rain is 60 percent Saturday and Sunday, she said.

Weekend highs will be in the mid- to upper 60s, with lows in the 50s.

That soggy forecast will likely put a halt to the planned lane and ramp closures around town for at least part of the weekend.

The state Department of Transportation had announced plans to either partially or fully shut down ramps from I-75 southbound to I-285 and from I-75 northbound to I-285 eastbound in Cobb County.

Construction was also planned on I-285 in both directions between Riverside Drive and Chamblee Dunwoody Road, on I-285 westbound from I-20 to Flat Shoals Road in south DeKalb County and on I-20 eastbound from I-285 to Wesley Chapel Road, also in south DeKalb, but again, those planned lane closures are weather permitting.

The soggy weekend forecast will also put a damper on such outdoor events as the Inman Park Festival, the Smyrna Spring Jonquil Festival and Sunday’s Taste of Marietta.

One downtown event that won’t be affected by the rain is Saturday night’s Hawks playoff game against Indiana at Philips Arena.