SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Georgia to get soaked as Tropical Storm Nestor hits Florida

Georgia will feel the effects of Tropical Storm Nestor today — and by effects, we mean lots of wind and rain.

Most of metro Atlanta will see an inch or two as wave after wave makes its way through the state from Florida, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

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“We’re just going to have waves of rain — some heavy at times” he said. “From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., we’ll have a lot of rain with only a few brief breaks.”

There wasn’t much time to beat the rain this morning since showers started early across metro Atlanta. Those who were up before the sun were greeted by some of the coolest temperatures North Georgia has felt in about six months.

This morning’s low for Atlanta was 52 degrees, with other North Georgia counties dipping into the 40s. Temperatures won’t get much warmer either, with Atlanta’s high expected to reach just 60 degrees.

The good news for today is that metro Atlanta isn’t expected to experience any severe weather, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.

“We’re just going to be dealing with squalls of rain, meaning on and off downpours,” she said. “But it is going to be coming in rounds for every community across North Georgia.”

The waves of rain will be propelled north by a steady breeze, Nitz said. Wind speeds won’t reach tropical storm levels, but 25 to 30 mph gusts are likely.

That means football fans will want to bring waterproof wind breakers to stadiums Saturday, but Atlanta United fans attending the single-elimination playoff game against the New England Revolution won’t have to worry about that.

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The match begins at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so expect downtown traffic to pick up around then.

Georgia Tech is scheduled to take on Miami an hour before the soccer match begins, and anyone traveling out of state to see the game should expect a 40% chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-80s, according to local forecasts.

Kennesaw State hit the road to play Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., at 2:30 p.m. There’s a 100% chance of rain for the game and temperatures should be in the low 50s, according to local forecasts.

The University of Georgia hopes to bounce back from last week's home loss against South Carolina. At 6 p.m., they'll host Kentucky in what's expected to be a soggy and windy evening at Sanford Stadium. It should be equally wet when Army visits Georgia State at 7 p.m, Walls said.

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Most of the rain should taper off by midnight, Walls said, and the weather is expected to improve drastically by Sunday morning.

Tomorrow is expected to reach the mid-70s with just a 10% chance of showers, Walls said.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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