TUESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Sunshine to mix with showers, clouds

Here's Meteorologist Brian Monahan with your Tuesday forecast.

For those cooped up inside because of coronavirus concerns, there will be some opportunities to enjoy the fresh air Tuesday.

Weather conditions aren’t ideal, but there will be some sunshine mixed in with a few showers and cloud cover, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. By the end of the week, things will have improved significantly.

“I’m going to give you some brightness, weather-wise, later this week,” Monahan said. “How about highs near 80 degrees and some time to enjoy the outdoors? Of course, at that safe distance.”

North Georgia is starting the day in the fog. Visibility is lowest for the western suburbs as some low clouds and mist stick around from overnight, according to Channel 2.

Monahan said some showers in the northeast Georgia mountains are passing to the east and will all be gone later Tuesday morning.

“For today, a lot of clouds around at least through about lunchtime,” he said. “ There will be showers around, and we'll be in the 50s. And then we make that big jump after about 1 p.m. or so this afternoon all the way up into the 70s.”

A projected high of 70 degrees in Atlanta is 5 degrees above the average high for this time of year, according to Channel 2.

After a dry period, Monahan said a few more showers will develop in the afternoon. The chance of rain is a middling 40%.

Overall, Monahan said weather conditions will be middle of the road Tuesday for any Saint Patrick’s Day plans. Ranking the day out of five, with five being the best conditions for spending time outdoors, Tuesday is a solid three, he said.

He is also ranking Wednesday as a three with another 40% chance of showers and storms and afternoon highs in the low 70s.

“Thursday though, there’s the green light,” Monahan said. “It’s going to be great on Thursday. Partly cloudy, and we’ll be up in the low 80s for highs.”

By Friday, more showers and a chance of thunderstorms are moving into the state, he said. Some cooler weather returns for the weekend, according to the latest forecast.

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Traffic conditions remain lighter than normal Tuesday with schools closed across Georgia and many businesses encouraging employees to work remotely.

“Interstates are still in great shape all over town as promised,” WSB traffic reporter Mark Arum said.

An injury crash on U.S. 78 has the potential to cause outbound delays for DeKalb County drivers. Debris is scattered in the eastbound lanes near Brockett Road, and two left lanes were blocked at 6 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

Arum said the wreck is “not causing any inbound delays out of Snellville, and I-285 is not encumbered by that incident.”

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