TUESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Another day of saturating ‘tropical downpours’

Rain impacts will increase later in the day Tuesday, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Rain impacts will increase later in the day Tuesday, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Metro Atlanta is looking at yet another day of saturating rain as a wet weather pattern holds firm Tuesday.

Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said the heat and humidity will give way to “tropical downpours” which could turn heavy at times. He expects scattered rain to begin falling by 5 p.m. and stick around after sunset.

“One more day of some patience with these tropical downpours,” Monahan said. “I think we’ll be able to work in a little more sunshine for you, especially by Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”

A change in the weather pattern should mean lower rain chances and more sunshine Wednesday, he said. For Tuesday, clouds are sticking around and there will be very little in the way of blue sky, according to Channel 2.

The low clouds Tuesday morning could contribute to visibility problems on the roads. Only a few sprinkles and showers are falling on the Southside for the morning commute.

Earlier in the day will be better for any outdoor plans, Monahan said. Atlanta will be in the upper 70s and low 80s through about lunchtime before topping out at a projected high of 84 degrees.

Late afternoon, Monahan said it will be important to stay weather aware as showers and storms begin firing up. He does not expect quite as much rain as Monday, which saw nearly a half-inch of accumulation.

“Last night we had some rain after sunset, and we’re going to see that again for your Tuesday evening,” he said.

The rain chances drop from 60% Tuesday to 40% Wednesday, where they will hold for the rest of the week, according to the latest forecast. Fewer showers will mean higher temperatures Wednesday but more outdoor time, Monahan said.


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No rain is needed to cause traffic delays Tuesday morning. A crash on I-285 is creating longstanding backups all along the Westside, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

The crash is blocking multiple northbound lanes on Langford Parkway, traffic reporter Mark Arum said at 6 a.m.

“If you are heading in from south Fulton County and normally take the Westside Perimeter, go ahead and take the Downtown Connector as an alternate,” he said.

Another crash on I-75 is causing delays for Henry and Clayton county commuters. Authorities have blocked two right lanes on I-75 North past Forest Parkway, the Traffic Center reported.

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