Raindrops could fall on weekend football, baseball games

Several football and baseball games highlight this weekend’s events in Atlanta, but the weather could be a factor for outdoor activities.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz is calling for a 20 percent chance of rain late in the day on Friday, increasing to 30 percent Saturday and 40 percent Sunday.

Nitz is predicting afternoon temperatures around 81 degrees on Saturday and 77 on Sunday, with morning lows in the mid- to upper 60s.

That forecast could make for a damp weekend series between the Braves and Mets at Turner Field, where game times are 7:35 p.m. Friday, 7:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 Sunday.

Other weekend sporting events include the Falcons-Panthers game at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Georgia Dome, the Georgia Tech-Middle Tennessee State football game at noon Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium and the Morehouse-Clark Atlanta football game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Panthers Stadium.

In Athens, the Bulldogs take on Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Georgia Dome will be hosting the annual Atlanta Football Classic, with Florida A&M taking on Southern University at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. In conjunction with that game, the Parade of Excellence steps off downtown at 10 a.m.

The parade will march down Peachtree Street from Baker Street, then turn right on Marietta Street and end at Philips Arena. The parade will be telecast on WSB-TV from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Several interstate construction projects are planned for the weekend, weather permitting.

The ongoing repaving project on the top-end Perimeter will have three left lanes of I-285 westbound shut down from Ashford Dunwoody Road to Roswell Road, three right lanes closed on I-285 eastbound from I-75 to Ashford Dunwoody Road and three left lanes in each direction closed between Paces Ferry Road and I-75. Those closures are scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Friday and continue through 5 a.m. Monday.

In south DeKalb County, the right lane of I-20 eastbound will be closed those same hours from I-285 to Wesley Chapel Road.

In Cherokee County, the right lane of I-575 northbound at Sixes Road will be shut down beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing through 5 a.m. Sunday.

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