Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan has your Tuesday evening forecast.

WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Southside interstates struggle as Atlanta stays in mid-40s

Multiple wrecks are affecting Southside interstates Tuesday afternoon ahead of the evening commute.

A crash on I-75 North at Ga. 155 is causing lengthy delays through Henry County, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.


Police activity is also affecting the Perimeter’s outer loop at I-675, according to the Traffic Center. This comes as a chase is affecting Flat Shoals Road in DeKalb County.

Further congesting the area is a rollover crash on I-285 South at I-20 East, the Traffic Center reported. The crash has been cleared, but delays linger.


Not all problems are on the Southside. Crews are blocking left lanes of I-75 North before Delk Road in Cobb County to clean up debris, according to the Traffic Center.


Winter officially begins in two weeks, but North Georgia is getting a jump on the season. 

“If you like the cold air to get you into that holiday spirit, I’ve got it for you,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 

James Youngblood felt the chill on 15th and Peachtree streets as he adjusted his "Naughty" Santa hat Tuesday morning.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Temperatures started in the upper 30s in metro Atlanta and bottomed out a few degrees above freezing at daybreak. Atlanta has since reached the mid-40s, but it feels colder with a bit of a breeze blowing, according to Channel 2. 


 

Some clouds have stuck around all day. A little snow fell from those clouds Monday in the mountains, but no winter weather is in the forecast Tuesday.


 

The same clouds are the result of a weather system dumping inches of snow across the Northeast. As conditions there improve, so will the cooler-than-average weather closer to home, Monahan said. 


 

The chill will linger through at least Tuesday afternoon. Atlanta’s forecast high is 49 degrees, slightly higher than Monday’s top temperature.

“We should be in the mid-50s this time of year for highs, and instead we'll be right around 50,” Monahan said. 

The clouds will start to thin late Tuesday night ahead of a mostly sunny start Wednesday, according to Channel 2. The direction of the breeze will change, which will help with the chill. 

Wednesday should reach the upper 50s.

“It’s going to be more of a west breeze, Monahan said. “That’s a warmer wind direction.”

By the end of the week and into next week, North Georgia will be warmer than average, according to the latest forecast. After a 40% chance of rain Friday, Monahan said the region will dry out for a nice weekend.


 

The weather “looks really good” for Saturday plans, he said, including the Children’s Christmas Parade in Midtown and the SEC Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


 

Both weekend days should see morning lows in the 40s and afternoon highs in the upper 50s, according to Channel 2. 

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