WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: High school graduations, car crash delay commuters

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns reports.


Monday: High: 81

Monday night: Low: 66

Tuesday: High: 79

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That delay-free commute you enjoyed earlier Monday is over.

The Downtown Connector is packed as family members head to the Georgia World Congress Center for Dunwoody and Chamblee high school graduations. One ceremony started at 4 p.m. and another is scheduled for 7 p.m. Construction near the GWCC has also delayed traffic on Northside Drive near Mitchell Street.

Worsening the commute is a wreck involving multiple cars with injuries on I-85 South in Fairburn. Multiple lanes are closed as police investigate. Drivers are urged to take the Union City exit and take Oakley Industrial Boulevard to Ga. 74.

North Georgia has been cloudy most of the day, with some traces of rain.

“We may have some very heavy downpours at times,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said, “but the rain chances today are just a little bit lower than what we'll see tomorrow.”


A 40 percent chance of rain Monday increases to 70 percent Tuesday, Channel 2 reported.

Currently, it’s 81 degrees in Atlanta.

A break in the rain has pushed pollen to the moderate range.


Heading into Memorial Day weekend, Minton forecasts more scattered showers and storms. There is a 60 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday.

“It's going to be a wet weekend off and on,” she said. “Maybe not a total washout, but do make your plans accordingly.”


Monday begins the 27th annual Hands Across the Border traffic enforcement campaign. Georgia law enforcement will join counterparts in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee in road checks in their respective states, officials said.

State and local law enforcement in all four states will try to get drunken drivers off the roads as well as write citations for distracted driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts (including car seats) and other violations, according to an announcement from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

In Georgia, there were 1,549 traffic deaths in 2017, down from 1,561 in 2016.

The program, which will run through Friday, will start with checks near Savannah and continue with stops at the Florida state line near Kingsland and Valdosta, the Alabama line in Columbus and the Tennessee line near Ringgold.

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