Rain Saturday to usher in cooler, drier weather

There will be a change coming on this weekend as the muggy late-summer weather gives way to some cooler, drier air.

The change will start to take place Saturday, when Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton is predicting a 70 percent chance of rain, highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 70s.

After the rain moves through, our weather will be delightful, Minton said.

Sunday should be sunny and cooler, with highs around 80 degrees and overnight lows dipping into the low 60s.

The pattern of mild days and cool nights continues at least through Wednesday, with highs each day in the low 80s and nighttime lows near 60.

If the rain holds off, the state Department of Transportation plans to resume interstate road work, shutting down as many as three lanes of I-285 westbound from Ashford Dunwoody Road to Paces Ferry Road. If it’s rainy, crews plan to do work on the Cobb cloverleaf ramp from I-75 northbound to I-285 eastbound, according to the DOT.

Other potential work zones this weekend include I-285 eastbound from I-85 to I-20 on the south side, Ga. 400 northbound near McFarland Parkway and I-75 northbound and southbound in Bartow and Gordon counties.

Extra traffic can be expected on Saturday around the Georgia Tech campus, where the Yellow Jackets take on the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College at 7 p.m.

Other downtown events this weekend include an Atlanta Dream game against Washington at 3 p.m. on Sunday and Saturday’s Great Atlanta Beer Fest at Turner Field.

If you plan to take MARTA to any of those events, officials said Friday that there will be changes in service due to scheduled track work.

Red Line trains will only operate between North Springs and Lindbergh; therefore, service between Lindbergh and Airport stations will be running at a reduced frequency – every 20 minutes. Customers traveling from North Springs will need to transfer to a Gold Line train at Lindbergh Station to continue southbound.

Riders traveling northbound from the airport will have to board a Gold Line train and transfer to a Red Line train at Lindbergh Station to continue to the North Springs Station.

At Lakewood and Oakland City stations, all trains will board on the southbound platform.

Green Line and Blue Line trains will operate on a normal 20-minute weekend schedule.