Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Eboni Deon has your Friday afternoon forecast.

WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Black Friday keeps traffic near malls heavy; interstates remain clear

While noon to 5 p.m. was expected to feature the worst travel times Friday, interstates remain moving without many issues at 3 p.m.

Volume remains light on most interstates with only a few wrecks slowing things down, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. The worst delays remain on surface streets near popular malls and shopping outlets due to Black Friday.

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A prior crash on I-575 North near Ridgewalk Parkway has been cleared, but delays remain, which aren’t being helped by packed streets near The Outlet Shoppes, according to the Traffic Center.

At other malls, police are advising drivers to pack their patience, lock their vehicles and stow valuables out of sight. 


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A crash is blocking a right lane of I-20 West at Panola Road in DeKalb County as well, the Traffic Center reported. 

The weather is mild for those with post-turkey plans Friday, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

Whether you are taking advantage of Black Friday sales, picking out a Christmas tree or spending time with out-of-town relatives, conditions are pretty close to ideal. Channel 2 meteorologist Eboni Deon said plenty of sunshine is on tap after a cloudy start.

It is even warmer than usual. Atlanta has hit 67 degrees, which is both warmer than predicted and warmer than average for this time of year. It’s 8 degrees above average, Deon said.

Even into the early evening, Atlanta should be in the upper 50s, she said. No rain is in the forecast Friday night for the high school football playoffs.

“A lot of people are going to be headed in and out of the airport today,” Deon said. “It doesn’t look like the weather will be too much of a factor, so we are looking good.”

Saturday should see more of the same sunshine, dry conditions and mild temperatures, according to Channel 2. Some wetter weather is coming, but Deon said most will not have to alter their weekend plans to accommodate the rain.

A frontal boundary is headed for Georgia late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. As it approaches, a light sprinkle or two is 30% likely. 

“That front is said to arrive early on Sunday,” Deon said. “That’s when rain will become more widespread across North Georgia. With it we could be in line for some heavy downpours at times, maybe even a rumble of thunder.”

By the afternoon, North Georgia should be dry. The front is expected to clear out by 10 a.m.

“For your travel plans, you might want to factor in a little bit of flexibility,” Deon said. “If you can leave out during the afternoon hours, you will be much better off.”

Once the rain moves out, cooler air moves in. After a projected high of 68 degrees Saturday, temperatures fall back into the low to mid-60s for Sunday, according to Channel 2. 

Numbers will fall even further next week. Deon said Atlanta will not make it out of the 40s Monday afternoon.

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