WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: 2 tornadoes touched down south of Atlanta during Sunday’s storms

UPDATE [5:42 p.m.]: The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down in North Georgia on Sunday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz reported. 

One began in western Pike County as an EF0, and it traveled for about a mile, he said. 

The other touched down near Weldon Lake Road and became an EF1 near Morgan Dairy golf course in Lamar County, Nitz said. It continued through norther Lamar and ended as an EF0 in Spalding County. It traveled about 4.5 miles in total.

ORIGINAL STORY: It may be a bit cooler than the past few weeks, but it’s bone dry and sunny outside.

However, with Monday’s evening commute beginning, traffic is starting to build, especially in DeKalb County, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

Two left lanes of I-285 South near Memorial Drive are blocked after a crash, according to the Traffic Center. The Perimeter’s inner loop is slow all the way back to I-85.

 

There are also delays on the Ga. 92 ramp to I-75 South in Cobb County as workers clean up an earlier fuel spill on the ramp, the Traffic Center reported.

 

On the bright side, earlier roadwork on Peachtree Road in Midtown and Ga. 316 in Gwinnett County has ended, freeing up traffic in both areas.

The waves of strong to severe thunderstorms from Sunday are gone, but so is the warm weather, according to Channel 2 Action News. Temperatures are taking a dive on the other side of a springtime cold front. 

“It’s going to be a cooler day for us,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “We should be in the low 70s this time of year, but instead we're going to keep it in the 60s for you today.”

Temperatures were running nearly 30 degrees lower Monday morning than on Sunday. After a chilly start, Atlanta reached 64 degrees at 4:30 p.m.

 

A gusty breeze should stick around through the afternoon, when Atlanta is expected to hit a high of 66, according to Channel 2.

“Wind gusting over 20 mph at times will probably make it feel more like it’s in the 50s for most of the afternoon,” he said. 

 

Even with a little chill in the air, Monahan said Monday will continue to have dry conditions and lots of sunshine.

“The good news is next few days we're going to get a dry stretch of weather,” he said. “(Monday), (Tuesday), Wednesday is going to be dry, and most of Thursday is, too.”

 

While some are dealing with storm damage Monday, allergy sufferers are breathing a sigh of relief. 

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A fallen tree blocked the southbound lanes of Peachtree Street at 12th Street on Monday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM.

All the rain knocked much of the pollen out of the air just two days after levels hit a season high of 6,575.

The count for Monday is 635 particles per cubic meter of air, which is still considered to be in the high range. Pollen should begin to wind down over coming days and weeks, Monahan said. 

“This week is traditionally the end of the pollen season, at least the peak stuff,” he said.

 

Temperatures should rebound to highs near 80 degrees on Tuesday, according to Channel 2. Monahan said another springtime front will move in Thursday night, bringing the next chance of heavy rain and severe weather.

 

“We’ve got our next round of strong to severe thunderstorms coming in,” Monahan said. “It will clear out for the the weekend. A few showers left behind Saturday, and Easter Sunday right now looking great with highs in the middle 70s.”

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