Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: While not a washout, isolated storms could ‘pack a punch’

With Georgia’s summertime weather pattern fully in effect, isolated downpours and storms are expected throughout the weekend.

Temperatures will be quite warm Saturday and Sunday, meaning afternoon storms will pop up throughout metro Atlanta, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz.

“We’re climbing into the mid- and upper 80s, and that’ll be enough to trigger at least some isolated showers and storms,” he said.

Since the storms have the potential to becomes strong, all of North Georgia is under a Level 1 threat of severe thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

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While Saturday will not be a washout, its 30% rain chance means the places that get rain will get a decent amount of it, Nitz said.

“If you find yourself under one of the storms, they’ll produce heavy rain and cloud-to-ground lighting but also some strong winds are possible,” he said. “Some of these storms could pack a punch.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation will keep an eye on the weather throughout the weekend, since several roadwork projects are scheduled. Weather permitting, the construction will create a few slow spots drivers should avoid.


As part of an ongoing slab rehabilitation project, two left lanes of I-285 South will be blocked between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, GDOT said.

From 7 a.m. to noon, a right lane of I-285 North will be blocked at I-20 in Fulton County due to construction, GDOT said. Near I-75, a right northbound lane of Mt. Paran Road will also be blocked from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday’s forecast will mirror Saturday’s weather, with the projected high in the upper 80s and a 30% chance of rain. Nitz said most area won’t see much rainfall accumulation over the weekend, but the spots that get hit by storms could see up to an inch.

“Painting with a broad brush, we’re talking about less than a half of inch (of rain), but those isolated thunderstorms could produce twice that,” he said.

The summertime weather pattern isn’t changing anytime soon, with a decent rain chance every day through Wednesday, according to the latest forecast.

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