WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Cobb construction congests interstates; rain could affect Braves game


Saturday: High: 87

Saturday night: Low: 73

Sunday: High: 87

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

A few isolated downpours have popped up across metro Atlanta and North Georgia, and these storms aren’t moving, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said. 

If you’re caught in these storms, Walls said you’re just going to have to wait it out, and that includes fans at SunTrust Park.


“They could take more than an hour before they fizzle out,” Walls said.

Georgia has a 60 percent chance of rain and storms during this afternoon, and the high humidity is carrying over from the past few days as well. It’s currently over 60 percent.

Those heading home from the Braves game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which started at 4:10 p.m., should probably expect more traffic than usual due to construction on I-285 and I-75 in Cobb County. 

Three I-75 South lanes between Delk Road and I-285 in Cobb County are also shut down for construction, which is causing significant delays, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

A right lane is closed for construction on I-285 North near Atlanta Road, which is causing backups, the Traffic Center reported.

The showers aren’t expected to be severe, but these are slow-moving storms, which present the risk of ponding on roadways and lightning strikes. Gusty winds could also reach 40 mph, Walls said.

Forsyth County got a taste of these downpours this morning with over 3 inches of rain near Northside Hospital, Walls said.


The cloud cover should lead to slightly below average temperatures for this time of year. The temperature is currently in the mid 80s, and the high is expected to be 87 degrees today.

"We'll be running a little cooler than normal because of the amount of cloud cover expected,” Walls said.


This front is expected to dissipate Saturday, but the rain chances remain at 60 percent until Wednesday.

The rain might contribute to roadway delays caused by construction in downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Transportation has closed two left lanes on Spring Street between Peachtree Street and 17th Street for construction until Monday.


RELATED: The first-ever Comic Con is coming to Atlanta this weekend

Comic Con will be in Atlanta this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. Fangirls and fanboys planning to attend can click here to reserve parking.

» For a closer look at the weekend outlook and things to do in your area: 

AtlantaCobbDeKalbGwinnett North Fulton

Photo: Channel 2 Action News

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter.

» Download The Atlanta Journal-Constitution app for weather alerts on-the-go.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.