SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Rain likely all day, temps to cool overnight

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz gives a weather report Friday.
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Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz gives a weather report Friday.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Saturday is expected to be a soggy and cloudy introduction to the weekend, but you won’t need a jacket until later in the evening.

Rain will begin to build shortly after the clock strikes midnight Friday, leading into scattered showers throughout the metro Atlanta area all day, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz.

Atlanta residents will wake up to light rain conditions but can expect to see morning temperatures hovering near 60 degrees. By mid-afternoon, the temps will rise to a high of 70.

But the heavier rains move in around midday and through the afternoon. Cloudy skies, isolated thunderstorms and pockets of downpours are possible. Chances of rain for the day are 80%.

“As we head through the afternoon, the rain coverage is going to increase and also the intensity,” Nitz said.

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Saturday's 5-Day Weather Forecast

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Saturday's 5-Day Weather Forecast
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Saturday's 5-Day Weather Forecast

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

The wet weather could dampen the Christmas tree lighting in Alpharetta, planned for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at North Point Community Church Lawn, 4350 North Point Parkway.

As the afternoon showers die down, a cold front is expected to sweep in from the northwest foothills of Tennessee. Sunday will see much less precipitation, but the highs are only expected to reach 55.

“The cold front sweeps through Saturday night and behind it, some drier air moves in,” Nitz said. “So we’ll have some clouds to start the day on Sunday, then clearing and turning cooler, getting our temperatures really back to where they should be this time of year.”

The clear, cool air could create perfect conditions for holiday festivities like Lights at the Landing, a walk-through light show being held all weekend at the Dallas Landing Park in Acworth at 5120 Allatoona Drive.

On the road, drivers will have to battle more than the slick conditions. In Cobb County, Georgia DOT is resurfacing lanes on Ga. 360 from New Macland Road to Windy Hill Road. It will cause lane closures at Ga. 360 and New Macland Road all weekend.

In Fulton, southbound lanes on I-85 will be closed at Cheshire Bridge Road for bridge rehabilitation. And overnight lane closures are expected this weekend on I-285 in DeKalb as the DOT continues a safety project between Chamblee Dunwoody and Snapfinger roads.

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