WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Springlike temps to continue into the work week


Sunday: High: 67

Sunday night: Low: 46

Monday: High: 67

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It is sunny and warm in metro Atlanta Sunday, more like spring than the beginning of January.

Temperatures are in the upper-60s Sunday afternoon, and although a dip is expected once the sun goes down, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Eboni Deon said above-average temps should stick around for a few days.

“Enjoy the mild temperatures while you can, because that chill will be felt later on this week,” she said. “For this afternoon temperatures stay above normal all across North Georgia.”

Those with Sunday evening plans may need to pull out a light jacket.

“With the clear skies around and the dry air, temperatures are going to cool off pretty quickly,” Deon said. “We are going to see some 40s showing up by the time we get into the 9 p.m. hour.”

The springlike conditions are compliments of an area of high pressure that continues to move across North Georgia Sunday, she said. A push of dry air that moved in Saturday is being reinforced.

Saturday was a dry day, and Deon said Sunday should be dry but even warmer with all the sunshine around.

Looking ahead to the work week, Deon said she does not expect much change as far as the dry conditions are concerned. Monday will likely be a carbon copy of Sunday, she said.

Monday night, however, another cold front moves in. While it is not expected to bring much moisture to the state Tuesday, it is expected to drive in cooler air. Highs Wednesday are in the low 50s, about average for this time of year, according to Channel 2.

“As it does (approach), we'll notice the cloud cover building in,” Deon said. “Not seeing a whole lot of rain associated with it. Moisture will be limited across our area. Extreme northern areas of Georgia, that’s where we could see a passing shower, maybe even a shower or two as it passes through the metro area.”

Still, the chance of rain is a low 10 percent for Tuesday morning, according to the latest forecast.

The dry conditions should work in favor of Georgia Department of Transportation construction projects scheduled this weekend.

GDOT is expected to close three northbound lanes on Glenridge Drive in Fulton County each night Saturday through Monday, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Johnson Ferry Road during the roadwork. One southbound lane will remain open.

The closures will allow crews to relocate a utility, according to GDOT.

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