WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: DeKalb reels from I-85 crash; trespasser causes MARTA delays

While it’s sunny, fairly warm and beautiful across North Georgia on Monday, traffic inside the Perimeter is a different story.

The biggest hangup is on I-85 North in DeKalb County, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. A crash that blocked multiple lanes near Shallowford Road has been cleared to the right shoulder, but heavy delays have grown to the interstate’s split to Ga. 400.

A crash on I-20 West at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard has a left lane blocked, causing delays back to the Downtown Connector, according to the Traffic Center.

Those taking public transit are also having issues after a man climbed onto the tracks at the King Memorial station, forcing MARTA to power down the rail briefly, spokeswoman Stephany Fisher told AJC.com. The rail has been powered up again, but east-west delays have grown to about 15 minutes.

A cold front that brought weekend storms moved away from North Georgia on Monday morning, leaving behind drier weather and lower temperatures. 

Atlanta was forecast to reach a high of 75, which is four degrees below the average temperature for this time of year. At 5:30 p.m., it’s 73 degrees in the city.

Humidity is expected to stay low through midweek, according to Channel 2.

With clear skies overnight, Monahan said Tuesday will start out in the low 50s. 

“Then through the day on Tuesday, high pressure is going to give you a really nice start to the week,” he said. 

Monahan said it will be a quieter weather week overall. Rain does not return to the forecast until Wednesday night, and even then it’s a low 30 percent chance, according to Channel 2.

“The next three days, those are going to be the cooler days in the mid- to upper 70s,” he said. “By Wednesday and Thursday, a couple of showers come in and then we really heat up. We'll be in the upper 80s to near 90 for the weekend.”

Beyond the five-day forecast, summer-like temperatures return, and the rainfall outlook looks to be drier than average, according to Channel 2.

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

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