WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Gwinnett gas leak repaired; Roswell water main break continues

Roswell’s traffic woes continue well into the evening commute, while drivers near Snellville are getting a little relief.

A water main break in Roswell has two lanes of Holcomb Bridge Road shut down at Alpharetta Highway, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

However, a gas main break in Snellville has been repaired, allowing Athens Highway to reopen between Rosebud and Cooper roads, according to police.

Woodstock drivers have their own problems, with Dobbs Road being blocked at Arnold Mill Road for roadwork, according to police. It’s unclear when the road will be repaired and reopened.

 

In Midtown, a busy block of West Peachtree Street remains closed to repair a collapsed sewer main. The northbound lanes of West Peachtree Street are shut down between 3rd and 4th streets. 

 

Aside from backups caused by the increase in volume during the evening commute, the lengthiest interstate delays are on the Perimeter in Fulton County. A right lane of the outer loop is blocked by a crash near Paces Ferry Road.

Atlanta is hovering in the low 80s after hitting 82 degrees earlier in the afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News. Pretty much all of North Georgia has hit the 80-degree mark.

Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said it feels more like late May than late April.

“This part of spring is pretty much the best time of the year, in my opinion,” he said. “This time of year you get those nice mornings, nice, warm afternoons, and you get dry weather.”

Skies were clear Tuesday morning over Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. While there will be a few high clouds in the afternoon, there will be plenty of sunshine, according to Channel 2 Action News. 
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The trend of warmer weather continues all week and through the start of May, he said. 

“Temperatures are going to run well above average,” Monahan said.  “In fact, by next week, I see the chance for some mid- to even upper 80s across North Georgia. But it looks like the humidity is going to stay nice and comfortable.”

 

Considering the rainfall outlook, Monahan said the end of April also looks to be pretty dry as precipitation is forecast to be near average.

“We could use some drier weather after a wet last several months,” he said on Twitter. 

 

Some clouds are coming in advance of a system expected to bring rain to North Georgia on Friday, but Monahan said it will stay dry until then.

“As we pick up the high clouds around, (they) really start to amplify the color in the sky,” he said. “It’s going to be a really nice sunset tonight and a dry one across North Georgia.”

 

There is a 20 percent chance of rain late Thursday night, and the rain chance increases to 60 percent for Friday morning, according to Channel 2. Monahan said he does not anticipate a repeat of last Friday, when severe thunderstorms moved through North Georgia.

 

The National Weather Service confirmed another tornado touched down during Friday’s storms. An EF0 tornado with 75-mph winds touched down along a half-mile path in north Fulton County southwest of Johns Creek around 5 a.m. 

The tornado previously confirmed in Hall County was an EF1 with wind speeds of 90 mph, according to the Weather Service.

RELATED: Tornado confirmed in Hall County during Friday’s storms

 

“I don’t see (any severe weather) as we head through Friday morning, but I do see some wet weather,” Monahan said. “By Friday, it’s going to be a wet morning commute across North Georgia, and then we set the stage for what’s going to be a really nice weekend.”

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

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