WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Light showers linger as bulk of rain moves south; I-20 slow in DeKalb

While a few light showers remain peppered across the Northside, the bulk of the rain has moved south near Macon, according to Channel 2 Action News.

That means the roads are getting a chance to dry out, but a few wrecks are preventing drivers from getting places quickly, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

The worst delays are in Rockdale and DeKalb counties along I-20, where two eastbound left lanes were blocked by a crash near Ga. 138, the Traffic Center reported. The crash was cleared just before 5:30 p.m., but delays span past Evans Mill Road.


 

The Northern Perimeter and Downtown Connector are still jammed from the increase in volume during the evening commute, but wrecks are not plentiful along either interstate, the Traffic Center reported.

After a soggy weekend and wet morning drive, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said Monday will be the “last extra wet day.” Drier air is on the way to bring the rain chances down, but that’s only after North Georgia picked up another couple of inches of accumulation.


 

North Fulton picked up more than an inch of rain from showers Monday morning, Monahan said. Some spots received an additional 1 to 2 inches, but the rain has mostly tapered off.

“Northwest Georgia is dry and the rain has come to an end,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said. “Atlanta still has a few showers ... but conditions are improving for us.”


 

Add those totals to the several inches that fell in the past few days, and North Georgia is pretty saturated. More than 4 inches of rainfall was recorded at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport since Thursday, which Monahan said is about as much rain as Atlanta has seen in the previous six weeks combined.

McDonough received more than double that amount since Friday, nearly 9 inches, Channel 2 reported. Other cities including Athens, Fayetteville and Watkinsville all had more than 7 inches.


 

There are only isolated rain chances Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Channel 2.

“The rain chances aren’t completely gone, but overall they will be lower for the middle of the week, and then the end of the week we really start to dry out,” Monahan said. “Much drier air will completely shut down this wet weather pattern across North Georgia.”

Friday and Saturday are forecast to be completely dry, and temperatures are rising into the upper 80s by the end of the weekend, according to the latest forecast.

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