WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Streets slow in Sandy Springs after Atlanta ties record-high temps

Traffic was slow in Sandy Springs when Atlanta hit 94 degrees around 4 p.m., tying the record-high temperature. 

Even though it cooled off a few degrees by 6 p.m., Sandy Springs traffic is still hot, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

A rollover crash that toppled power lines on Roswell Road between Mt. Paran Road and Glenridge Drive has been causing problems all afternoon, according to the Sandy Springs Fire Department. Two northbound lanes were reopened at 5:10 p.m.

Update 5:10pm: GA Power has helped secure hanging lines up higher to allow 14’ 5” clearance and open two northbound...

Posted by Sandy Springs Fire Department on Tuesday, May 28, 2019

All southbound traffic is being diverted to Steward Drive, according to Sandy Springs police. It’s unclear when the lanes will be able to reopen.

A gas leak has also been affecting Sandy Springs traffic all afternoon, the Traffic Center reported. Johnson Ferry Road is blocked at Kayron Drive, the city said in a tweet. The Traffic Center recommends taking Mt. Vernon Road or Hammond Drive as alternates.

A crash involving a tractor-trailer has blocked all but the right lane of the Stone Mountain Freeway near Hugh Howell Road, which is causing heavy delays, according to the Traffic Center.

Henry County is also slow after a rollover crash blocked a right lane of I-75 North at Hudson Bridge Road, the Traffic Center reported.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan earlier predicted record-tying highs Tuesday. And it continues a trend.

Saturday’s high hit 94 degrees, surpassing the previous mark set in 1960 by 1 degree. Sunday’s 95-degree temps also set a record, passing the previous high of 93 degrees in 1936. 

While Monday’s high fell just short of the all-time high of 95 degrees set in 1916, Tuesday’s temperature has matched the record of 94 degrees set in 1941, Monahan said.


Monahan said with the high temperatures, having lots of water on hand and limiting your time outside in the afternoon is the way to go.

“If you’ve got things to do outside, early morning and the evening would be best,” he said. 

There is some relief later in the week, Monahan said. Temperatures will stay high Wednesday, but are expected to drop to 92 degrees Thursday, 91 Friday and 90 Saturday. 

“Through Thursday it's going to be mainly dry and hot,” Monahan said. “Just beyond I see a chance for a little more rain across North Georgia.”

A 30 percent chance of rain Friday drops to 20 percent Saturday, according to Channel 2.

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

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