WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Temps remain in mid-60s as congestion mounts


Friday: High: 72

Friday night: Low: 53

Saturday: High: 70

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Construction and police activity are causing several headaches around metro Atlanta as the Friday evening commute heats up amid mid-60s temperatures.

About a dozen police cars are blocking the right lane of I-285 East and the exit ramp to Ashford-Dunwoody Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The Georgia Department of Transportation said it was an accident that led to someone being taken into custody.

A right lane of Peachtree Road is blocked for road work near Peachtree Avenue, the Traffic Center reported. In Midtown, a left lane of Spring Street is also blocked for construction between 17th and 18th streets.

Friday got off to a cool start, and North Georgia is about to get even colder, according to Channel 2 Action News.

“In 48 hours, we’ll be waking up to the coldest temperatures we’ve felt since April,” Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.

A high-pressure system leaving the area will open the way for some cool Canadian air this weekend, according to the news station.


Walls said a cold front Saturday is also expected to trigger widespread showers in North Georgia.

“It looks like showers will begin in our northernmost communities in the morning, then spread into metro (Atlanta by) midday and progress southward in the afternoon,” she said. “Behind the front, the breeze will begin to pick up in the afternoon and evening continuing into Sunday.”


That is when “widespread 40s” are expected in metro Atlanta and near-freezing temps are forecast in the mountains. Temperatures aren’t expected to get any higher than the mid-60s Sunday and Monday, according to the latest forecast.

Until then, get ready for a “seasonable” high of 72 on Friday, Walls said. No rain is expected. It’s currently 65 degrees in Atlanta.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

There were two school bus accidents Friday morning, one in Cobb County and another in Paulding County, the Traffic Center reported.

No details were released about the Cobb crash, which blocked the intersection of Old Stilesboro and County Line roads.

In Paulding, no children were on the bus at the time of the accident with a BMW, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said.

“Both drivers were shaken up but appear to be OK,” he said. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.


In other construction projects, Georgia Department of Transportation workers will close three lanes on I-285 in DeKalb County in conjunction with the Flat Shoals Bridge reconstruction project, according to a news release. Work is scheduled to begin Friday evening. The closures will allow crews to pour concrete in preparation for installing lights on the road.

Two eastbound lanes will be closed between the Bouldercrest Road exit and Shoals Creek from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday. And one left westbound lane will be closed at Flat Shoals Bridge from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m Monday.

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