Metro Atlanta’s chaotic week of weather continues on Sunday as temperatures are expected to reach nearly 60 degrees.
The winter warm-up comes just one day after several inches of snow fell across North Georgia, stranding some motorists and shutting down roads for hours at a time.
The good news is that the sudden temperature increase should help melt any lingering snow and ice in Georgia’s northernmost counties, said Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns.
“Temperatures should recover nicely and a lot of that will melt off and be gone,” Burns said. “Hopefully we won’t have any issues tomorrow morning with road problems.”
Georgia Department of Transportation officials warn that some of the snow that melted on Saturday afternoon could refreeze overnight, so drivers are urged to use caution if they’re hitting the road early Sunday.
This past week’s weather has been all over the place, even by Atlanta’s standards.
“What a week! Monday, a record 76 degrees in Atlanta,” Burns said. “On Thursday morning, we hit 72 degrees, (had) severe storms and tornadoes. Then we got a break Friday and now the snow is here ... We’re gonna be in the upper 50s to low 60s tomorrow. Yeah, it’s that kind of a week.”
If you haven’t gotten out of the house much the last couple of days, Sunday afternoon might be the time to do it before the rain returns on Monday, said Channel 2 meteorologist Eboni Deon.
While temperatures in Atlanta are expected to start off in the mid-30s, it should warm up to about 58 degrees by 5 p.m., she said.
While any remaining ice should clear by midday, some roads won’t be drivable at all this weekend. That’s because GDOT has several projects planned that will affect traffic in Cobb County and near the Atlanta airport. The Camp Creek Parkway bridge that goes over I-285 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday as crews install a new diverging diamond intersection over the weekend. A detour will be set up, but drivers are advised to avoid the area.
Portions of I-75 and I-285 will also be closed for various construction projects, GDOT said.
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