WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Travel rough after 2 Atlanta interstates briefly blocked to clear wrecks

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Bard Nitz has your Thursday afternoon forecast.

Thursday morning, I-285 was blocked for more than four hours due to a deadly accident.

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While the afternoon was much better, serious roadblocks are popping up during the evening commute, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

I-20 and I-85 are recovering after being briefly blocked to clear crashes. All I-85 North lanes were blocked at I-285 in Fulton County, while all I-20 East lanes were blocked at Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County, according to the Traffic Center.

Cherokee County is also recovering after a crash on I-575 North at Ridgewalk Parkway blocked a left lane, the Traffic Center reported.

In Sandy Springs, a gas leak has shut down Dunwoody Place at Northridge Place. The Traffic Center suggests taking Ga. 9 as an alternate.

The air in North Georgia on Thursday is some of the coldest to reach the state in six months.

Atlanta started the day in the upper 40s, and mountain counties woke up to numbers in the upper 30s. It hasn’t been this cold since April 21, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Atlanta has since warmed to 66 degrees, which is a degree shy of the projected high.

Unlike on Wednesday, when showers and downpours moved across metro Atlanta, the morning commute was a dry one. The evening commute isn’t any different, but it is breezy.

The northwestern breeze that moved in with a cold front Wednesday stuck around for Thursday. Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said it should not be as strong Friday.

“Our winds will die down, so lighter winds (Thursday night) into tomorrow morning, and we’ll call it chilly,” he said.

It seems autumn is finally settling in. Metro Atlanta should start off Friday in the low to mid-40s, while the North Georgia mountains will begin in the 30s, Nitz said.

Dry conditions should continue Friday, but another round of rain moves in for Saturday. Showers are 60% likely throughout the day, according to the latest forecast.

“I do think there will be plans affected on Saturday in both the morning as well as the afternoon,” Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. “Good news, though: I’m not expecting any thunderstorms, not worried about any strong or severe weather impacting your Saturday plans.”

Walls said North Georgia will get a break from the rain Sunday before another cold front moves in Monday, increasing the chance of showers to 30%.

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