WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Atlanta reaches 55 degrees as fog impairs drivers

ATLANTA FORECAST

Monday: High: 53

Monday night: Low: 51

Tuesday: High: 67

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Despite constant cloud cover Monday, Atlanta has managed to surpass the predicted high and reach 55 degrees, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Fog is also causing problems on the roads, and the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center described the conditions as “FOGly.”

The slowest interstate during the evening commute is I-285 in Cobb and DeKalb counties, but volume coupled with the foggy conditions are more to blame than wrecks, according to the Traffic Center. I-75 North in Cobb County is the same story.

However, a wreck is to blame for a right lane of I-20 West before Fulton Industrial Boulevard being blocked, the Traffic Center reported.

There are also some delays downtown. Construction blocks a northbound right lane on Peachtree Street at 26th Street, the Traffic Center reported. 

 

Commuters will notice a change on Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs. The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed one collector-distributor lane between the Glenridge Connector and I-285. 

This will impact northbound traffic daily while crews work on the Transform 285/400 improvement project, the Traffic Center reported.

MORE: What is the Transform 285/400 project?

The project is intended to reduce traffic congestion near the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange.

 

North Georgia weather is still being influenced by a wedge of cool air that settled in over the weekend, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. Visibility dropped to a quarter-mile Monday morning in spots around Atlanta. 

 
Becca Kiriazes scoots along 7th Street at Peachtree Street in the fog. Visibility dropped below a quarter-mile in Atlanta on Monday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Another front is on its way to usher in some change, but Minton said it won’t fully break down the wedge until Tuesday. 

“We really haven’t changed that much since (Sunday) afternoon, so still on the colder side,” she said. “The clouds stick around. We don’t see a huge warmup today.”

 

Temps should pop back up to near 70 degrees Tuesday afternoon, according to Channel 2. 

 

Patchy rain may stick around through the afternoon Monday, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. There is a 60 percent chance of some showers.

“So there could be some slow travel for tonight,” he said.

On Tuesday, there is a chance of some heavier rain as a cold front moves through the state, Monahan said. A half-inch is possible across North Georgia.

“That cold front is going to come through just after the morning commute (Tuesday),” he said. “I think the morning commute will not be too tough tomorrow, it’s going to be late morning and early afternoon.”

 

There is a moderate risk of some stronger wind gusts and isolated storms, Monahan said. There is a 100 percent chance of rain Tuesday, but it should clear out by the afternoon, he said. 

 

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