WEATHER-TRAFFIC: I-85 recovering after crash shuts down interstate on Southside

Tuesday’s evening commute is off to a messy start, especially along I-85 in Fulton County.

All southbound lanes of the interstate were blocked by a rollover crash just before Senoia Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Only a right lane remains blocked, but delays already span past the Perimeter.


 

DeKalb County is having its problems, too, namely a crash that has two I-285 South lanes blocked at Ga. 78, the Traffic Center reported.


 

In Alpharetta, Academy Street is blocked between Jamestown Trail and Dancliff Lane due to an ongoing SWAT standoff, police said in a tweet.

MORE: SWAT team responds to barricaded person in Alpharetta


 

The only good news on the roads is that construction has ceased across metro Atlanta, but the influx in vehicles during the trip home means most interstates are moving slowly, the Traffic Center reported.

Starting Tuesday night, construction will shut down the southbound lanes of the Buford Spring Connector from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The Traffic Center suggests using the Downtown Connector or Lenox Road to access Midtown and Buckhead. 


 

North Georgia experienced much drier weather and lots of sunshine Tuesday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Fog hovers over the downtown skyline as work continues at Atlantic Yards on 17th Street.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

With mainly dry conditions, North Georgia heated up quickly. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said Atlanta hit 92 degrees, which was four degrees above the expected high.

While a shower on the Southside can’t be ruled out, the rain chance is below 10% for much of the region. 


 

The return of humidity means a better rain chance for Wednesday at 40%, according to Channel 2. There could be a few showers at bus stops Wednesday morning, but the bulk of the morning storms should be in northwest Georgia.

“By (Wednesday) at 7 a.m., thunderstorms moving in from Tennessee will enter far North Georgia ... the showers will diminish by the late morning,” Nitz said.


 

On average, most areas in North Georgia could see about a half-inch of rain through the weekend.

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

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