WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Problem areas emerge on metro interstates as temps heat up

Here's Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Katie Walls with your latest forecast!


Friday: High: 91

Friday night: Low: 70

Saturday: High: 91

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Volume is building on Atlanta freeways ahead of the evening commute in a few problem areas, namely the Downtown Connector and the DeKalb County side of the Perimeter.

The northbound connector is being affected by a section of Courtland Street between the connector and Linden Avenue being closed due to police presence, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

Construction has blocked two right lanes on I-285 westbound near Ashford Dunwoody Road, which is causing heavy delays, according to the Traffic Center.

In Bartow County, Ga. 140 is shut down near Cedar Creek Baptist Church due to a serious car accident with multiple entrapments, the Bartow County Fire Department said in a Facebook post. Several emergency units and an air ambulance are on the scene.

Dry air that ushered in comfortable weather Thursday is still in place over North Georgia, which means Friday will experience more of the same low humidity and clear skies.

It will be warm and mainly dry as rain chances remain at a low 20 percent, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said. That trend continues through most of the weekend.

The expected high Friday is 91 degrees, according to the latest forecast from Channel 2. It’s currently 90 in Atlanta.

Another cold front is on the way to bring more rain next week. The rain chances will jump to 60 percent or more starting Monday and temperatures will come down to the mid-80s, according to Channel 2.

“It will start to pick up during the day Monday when more widespread showers and storms will be headed this way,” Minton said. “The next weather system will be approaching by then.”

Saturday should be the driest day this weekend, Minton said, while Sunday could see some isolated showers develop east and south of Atlanta in the afternoon.

“Our temperatures will still be on the warm side, but rain amounts are fairly light between now and Monday morning,” she said.

The low chance of storms and low humidity should make SunTrust Park a comfortable place to watch the Braves take on the Los Angeles Dodges at 7:35 p.m. Friday. It may increase Cobb County’s traffic before and after the game.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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