WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Temps peak in low 40s as chilly rain approaches Atlanta

ATLANTA FORECAST

Saturday: High: 41

Saturday night: Low: 37

Sunday: High: 50

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Atlanta has peaked at 42 degrees around noon, which is actually a degree warmer than predicted.

If you wanted a warm Saturday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologsit Eboni Deon said to not get your hopes up, since it feels like 35 degrees outside because of a steady breeze, and it won’t get any warmer.

The average high for this time of year is 52 degrees, but we should remain 10 degrees shy of that all day, Deon said.

“You can count on it being a chilly afternoon. Bundle up,” Deon said. “It will be breezy from time to time. That’s going to make it feel even colder.”

 

Some patches of drizzle and light rain are also moving into the metro area, and Deon said the patches will grow more widespread into the evening. She said 7 to 8 p.m. should be when a wedge of cold air will push a wall of light rain into North Georgia, which should last through early Sunday morning.

People near Atlanta should expect normal chilly rain, but those in the North Georgia mountains will likely see a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow.

“Aside from some wintry mix in the North Georgia mountain, it's just all plain rain, but it's going to be a chilly rain,” she said.

Because of this, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties until 1 a.m. Sunday. Habersham and Rabun counties are also under a winter weather advisory until 7 p.m. Saturday.

 

Deon doesn’t expect the wintry weather to affect travel in the mountains, since the warning is in place for areas above 2,000 feet in elevation, and most of the precipitation should be over by midnight Saturday.

Travel delays downtown should be more affected by the AmericasMart gift and home convention than by the weather. The convention will enter its last day Saturday and will last from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Sunday’s outlook is a little warmer, but it’ll still be dreary outside. The chance of rain goes down to 60 percent in the morning, and the light drizzle should move out by the afternoon. 

The forecast looks brighter after the weekend, with rain chances dissipating and the temperatures increasing to the normal low-50s for mid-January.

Photo: Channel 2 Action News

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