WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Despite Cobb construction, interstates remain moving


Saturday: High: 85

Saturday night: Low: 68

Sunday: High: 87

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There’s a lot of roadwork in Atlanta and Cobb County, but traffic has remained mostly unaffected on this dry, fairly cool Saturday.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has been working on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta all week, which has caused heavy delays at times. All southbound lanes are expected to be blocked at times Saturday for construction, so take Northside Drive as an alternate route.

Drivers should also expect more traffic than usual around Mercedes-Benz Stadium around 5:30 p.m. when gates open for the Beyonce and Jay Z concert Saturday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Cobb County will also have to endure lane closures on both I-285 and I-75 throughout the weekend as part of a continued GDOT resurfacing project. Two I-285 left lanes are closed between I-75 and Cobb Parkway, the Traffic Center reported.


The weather the next few days better resemble late September instead of late August, Channel 2 Action News reported. Temperatures are expected to top out at 85 degrees this afternoon in Atlanta.

“The last weekend in August is looking great,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “After a very wet summer — a very wet year overall across North Georgia, we’ve earned a little break.” 

All good things must come to an end, and the humidity and rain is expected to return Tuesday and Wednesday, Burns said. 

“The tropical air will come back, which means the chance of pop-up afternoon showers return,” Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

Neither day should be a washout, but the temperature and heat index should both return to the 90s as a result of wetter, more humid air entering North Georgia.

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Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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