Atlanta will top out in the mid-50s Saturday, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Cool morning to warm into mid-50s under dry, sunny sky

North Georgia will be sunny and dry this weekend, with one key difference separating Saturday from Sunday.

Sunday will be about 10 degrees warmer.

A cold front made for a chilly start to Atlanta’s weekend as Saturday began with with near-freezing temperatures. That cool weather will stick around today, capping the afternoon high at 56 degrees, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

Pretty much all of North Georgia woke up under a freeze warning that’s in effect until 10 a.m, according to Channel 2 meteorologist Eboni Deon. 


“Temperatures this morning are anywhere from 5 to nearly 20 degrees cooler than where we were this time yesterday,” she said. “That had us starting off in the 20s in some locations.” 

It will be sunny today, but don’t let that fool you, Deon said. You’ll still need to bring a coat.

With wet weather out of the forecast, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will be out in full force over the weekend, especially on Ga. 400 and I-20.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a right lane of Ga. 400 North will be blocked by roadwork at Lenox Road, GDOT said. In the opposite direction, the exit lane to Abernathy Road will be blocked during that time due for construction. 

Westside traffic should also be affected by roadwork in a right lane of I-20 East from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., GDOT said.


Aside from the University of Georgia, college football is heading out of state Saturday.

Georgia Tech plays Virginia at 12:30 p.m., and those making the trip to Charlottesville should expect temperatures in the mid-40s, according to local weather reports. 

Kennesaw State takes on Campbell University at 1 p.m. in Buies Creek, N.C., and it should be about 50 degrees at kickoff. Georgia State also hits the road to take on Louisiana-Monroe at 5 p.m. 

At 7 p.m., UGA hosts Missouri, meaning temperatures will be cooling off as the game begins. It also means the roads into Athens will likely see more traffic this afternoon.

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Sunday will also start off cool, but it is expected to peak at 64 degrees, Burns said. Those seasonal temperatures will should dissipate Monday and Tuesday, however, as another cold front enters North Georgia.


That cold front will bring a wave of rain and frigid air from Canada into the state Monday night, leading to a wet, cold Tuesday, Burns said.

“(Tuesday is when) the bottom drops out as the very cold arctic air moves in,” he said. 

Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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