Temperatures will start off Saturday below freezing for all of metro Atlanta.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Weekend off to a cool, sunny start

Following the past two weeks of flooding, heavy rain and fluctuating temperatures, this weekend’s weather will be pretty boring for a change.

That’s not a bad thing.

Saturday has no rain in the forecast and will feature lots of sunshine, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. While the morning is off to a chilly start, today shouldn’t be colder than usual for this time of year.


 

“It’s chilly out there, but it’s warming up,” Monahan said. “The sunshine is taking care of those cold temperatures.” 
This afternoon will 53 degrees in Atlanta, and Sunday won’t be much different. There’s a 20% chance of a brief rain shower, and temperatures will be a few degrees warmer for the second half of the weekend.


 

The weather will not affect those who choose to spend a belated Valentine’s Day in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which is free to enter through the weekend in the memory of Anne Cox Chambers. Traffic near Piedmont Park could increase as a result.

RELATED: Anne Cox Chambers: ‘Making the world a better place’

Construction will also not be impeded by weather Saturday, so lane closures will be able to continue as planned, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

From 7 a.m. to noon, a right lane of I-285 North will be blocked at I-20 for road maintenance, GDOT said.

In Brookhaven, two I-85 North exit lanes will be blocked for construction at Clairmont Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which is expected to moderately affect traffic, according to GDOT.

The winter seasonal weather pattern won’t last long into the work week, as temperatures will begin to increase back into the 60s and fuel oncoming storms, Nitz said. 

The threat of thunderstorms and heavy rain will return to North Georgia on Tuesday.

Photo: Channel 2 Action News

Over the next five days, most of metro Atlanta should see between half an inch to an inch of rainfall, which will mostly consist of Tuesday’s storms, Nitz said.

Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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