WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Evening commute slows Northside; rain continues in mountains

Atlanta’s brief showers have come to an end Monday, but the northeast Georgia mountains can’t say the same.

The rain isn’t affecting the evening commute, according to Channel 2 Action News, but wrecks certainly are.

Ga. 400 is jammed in Sandy Springs, where a crash is blocking a right southbound lane at the Perimeter, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

In DeKalb County, a crash has a center lane of the Perimeter’s inner loop blocked at Northlake Parkway, which is adding to delays before Spaghetti Junction, according to the Traffic Center.

A shooting has caused police to block Perkerson Park in southwest Atlanta, which is just south of the Atlanta’s BeltLine, police told A man was shot in the head, and a child was also shot.

MORE: Man, child shot at park in SW Atlanta

Public transportation has been especially chaotic since smoke was reported at three MARTA stations, Atlanta Fire Rescue told Service has resumed at all but two stations, but heavy delays remain.

MORE: 2 MARTA stations remain shut down by smoke; bus bridge active

The air has felt as thick as smoke outside due to the humidity. However, a reprieve is coming, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

A cold front is headed for Georgia on Tuesday that will bring big changes to the July pattern of heat, humidity and afternoon storms. 

“This is kind of unusual for this time of year,” Monahan said. “We've got a cold front that’s going to come through tomorrow, and on the other side of it, very dry and comfortable air is going to settle in for a couple of days.”

North Georgia still has to get through a few more days of humidity and rain. Isolated downpours have been dowsing the mountains Monday afternoon, but Monahan said more widespread rain is coming Tuesday.

“Metro Atlanta to the Southside, I just don’t expect much in the way of rain today,” he said. “Just a lot of heat and sunshine.”

Atlanta’s high is a projected 91 degrees, according to Channel 2. At 5:45 p.m., the city was one degree shy of that mark.

Monahan said Monday’s storms are a sign of a wetter day for all of North Georgia on Tuesday.

“That front that’s going to bring us a drop in the humidity, well along (with) it we're going to see showers and storms late tonight and overnight,” he said. “Some spots of rain for the morning drive tomorrow, then it turns really wet tomorrow afternoon.” 

As the cold front passes through the state Tuesday, it ushers in a big change in the air mass and is forecast to trigger widespread storms. With rain 80% likely, Monahan said to plan on downpours and strong storms through the day. 

“Then our front moves to the south, and drier and cooler air moves in for the middle and end of the week,” he said.

There is no chance of rain in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday, and temperatures should only reach the mid-80s both days, according to Channel 2. Monahan said the weather will be “just gorgeous for this time of year.”

“Friday, the humidity comes up a little bit, but it’s still really nice heading into the end of the week and into the start of your weekend,” he said. 

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