WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Cobb problems continue with I-75 wreck; gas leak ongoing

Nearly all of North Georgia hit at least 80 degrees Monday, with Atlanta reaching a high of 84, Channel 2 Action News reported.

 

Speaking of hot, a car fire in DeKalb County has two right lanes of I-85 North blocked near Shallowford Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center

Cobb County might not have fires to deal with, but just about everything else is bringing traffic to a halt. 

A crash on I-75 North near Wade Green Road has blocked all but the far right lane, according to the Traffic Center.

A gas main break also shut down all westbound lanes of Terrell Mill Road at Powers Ferry Road, according to the Traffic Center. One lane reopened, but delays remain heavy.

In Midtown, roadwork was blocking a right lane on West Peachtree Street at Linden Avenue, the Traffic Center reported. Just a few blocks north, West Peachtree is still shut down between 3rd and 4th streets by repairs on a collapsed sewer main, and a detour is in place. 

There may still be a few weeks left in the school year, but North Georgia is feeling like summer Monday.

Temps are hovering at the projected high under a sunny sky, and there’s not a rain cloud in sight. That kind of weather is more typical in June than in April.

“Unless for some reason you don’t like sunshine and you don’t like warm temperatures, I am here to tell you all good things over the next few days,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 

North Georgia is expected to stay mainly dry and warm for most of the week. The average high for this time of year is 76 degrees, and most spots will stay well above that, getting close to record-high heat, according to Channel 2. 

Crews assemble the stage for the Shaky Knees Music Festival, which is scheduled to begin Friday in the Old Fourth Ward's Central Park. If the weather holds, concertgoers can expect summertime temperatures and mainly dry conditions.
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“If you liked the weekend, you're going to like most of this week,” Monahan said. “It's going to be pretty nice across North Georgia.”

By the end of the week, Monahan expects temperatures to come down and the rain chance to come up slightly. Wednesday has a 20 percent chance of precipitation, and Thursday and Friday both have a 30 percent chance, according to Channel 2. 

“Still mainly dry weather Wednesday, but by Thursday night we'll see the opportunity for a few showers getting close to the North Georgia mountains,” Monahan said. “And then by Friday, a little bit more rain sneaking in here. By the weekend, the rain chances are really going to go up to start the day on Saturday.”

Saturday should be the wettest day this week with scattered showers and storms, he said. North Georgia will get an opportunity to dry out Sunday.

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