WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storms move out of metro Atlanta, for now

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

[UPDATE: 4:45 p.m]: Metro Atlanta's severe thunderstorm warnings have expired for now, but most of North Georgia remains under a thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

Residents could see wind gusts of up to 60 mph and 1-inch hail, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said.

Thunderstorm warnings were issued for Cobb, Douglas, Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb counties on Saturday, but the inclement weather moved quickly out of metro Atlanta by about 4:30 p.m.

The rain could pick back up this evening, however, as a system from Alabama makes its way east, Walls said.

[ORIGINAL STORY:] After a sunny first day of summer on Friday, scattered showers could put a damper on the the first half of the weekend.

Storms rolled into North Georgia overnight, but metro Atlanta should remain dry until later this afternoon, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.

“We had those overnight showers and storms, but the good news is those have cleared out,” she said, but the rain is expected to return this afternoon as temperatures warm up.

If you have outdoor plans today, it might be better to get to them sooner and avoid potential downpours as a “thunderstorm complex” from the Midwest heads this way about 3 p.m.

“It could clip us and, in turn, produce more showers and storms across North Georgia,” Walls said, possibly bringing gusty wind, heavy rainfall and lightning.

The chance of scattered showers should linger through the evening before clearing out after midnight.

Temperatures are expected to reach 92 degrees in Atlanta this afternoon, but moisture in the air will make it feel muggy outside.

Drivers could run into delays on metro Atlanta interstates thanks to series of road closures, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Traffic is barely moving through Douglas County as resurfacing work on I-20 has two westbound lanes blocked near Ga. 92, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

In Cobb County, crews will close one lane of I-75 North in Kennesaw this weekend to repair the deck of the Steve Frey Bridge. The work should conclude by 5 a.m. Monday, GDOT said.

Drivers headed downtown could also run into delays on Northside Drive because of a convention at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Expect delays through the weekend.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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