WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wrecks increase congestion as evening commute continues

ATLANTA FORECAST

Tuesday: High: 90 

Tuesday night: Low: 73

Wednesday: High: 88

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Most metro delays from lunchtime wrecks have evaporated, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. However, an entire new set of wrecks is slowing down metro interstates, including I-285 in DeKalb County.

Near Glenwood Road, two I-285 right lanes are blocked because of a wreck, causing heavy delays. 

 

The construction on Peachtree Street at 26th Street is starting to heavily affect downtown traffic with two closed southbound lanes, the Traffic Center reported. 

Dew points are nearing the 70s in metro Atlanta, an indicator that humidity is going up, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said.

 

A high-pressure center is continuing to weaken as it moves closer to the Atlantic Coast. Without the pressure center to keep it at bay, Minton said a southerly flow of air is able to pull tropical moisture from the gulf into North Georgia.

“The humidity is coming back in a big way,” she said. “We’re going to feel that, especially when the sun hits today. Very, very sticky and muggy.”

 

Atlanta is warming up fast. Currently, it’s 89 degrees. The predicted high is 90. That’s a few degrees higher than the average of 87 degrees this time of year.

In the evening, drivers can expect delays on I-75 and I-285 as they make the trek to SunTrust Park to see the 7:35 p.m. game between the Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays. Evening commuters should also see traffic near Chastain Park about 8 p.m. as fans head to see Leon Bridges perform. 

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Atlanta can expect a wet afternoon commute the rest of this week. Rain chances stay at 40 percent Wednesday and should remain there through Saturday, Channel 2 reported.

“The pattern of morning sun, scattered afternoon showers and storms will continue into Labor Day weekend,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 

(Channel 2 Action News)

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