WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Atlanta stays dry, but roads remain messy

Tuesday’s traffic troubles have only grown in number during the evening commute, but at least it’s dry in metro Atlanta. 

That’s little consolation to drivers, who are stuck in heavy delays on nearly every interstate, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

I-20 West is recovering after all lanes were briefly blocked near Flat Shoals Road to clear a wreck, according to the Traffic Center. 


 

There are heavier delays on the Perimeter, where a right southbound lane is blocked by a crash at Atlanta Road, according to the Traffic Center. A disabled vehicle blocking a right lane of Ga. 400 at I-285 is also not helping Northside traffic.

Surface streets in Woodstock recently reopened after a crash shut down all lanes of Main Street at Dupree Street, the police department said.


 

Despite a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico providing plenty of tropical moisture to North Georgia, metro Atlanta has mostly missed it Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

The remaining downpours are in the North Georgia mountains, with the rest of the showers peppered near Athens, he said. However, the dew point is “unbearable” at 74 degrees, so it feels thick outside.

Coupled with a temperature in the upper 80s, Atlanta feels like it’s in the upper 90s, according to Channel 2.


 

“We’re going to see a big increase in the humidity, and we’re going to see a little decrease in the temperatures,” Burns said. “For the next several days, we’re likely to see temperatures a few degrees below average, but the humidity is going to be oppressive.”

The system, now an area of low pressure, is moving by to the south. Burns said it has an 80% chance of developing into Tropical Storm Barry within the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said the current storm track shows it’s headed away from the Georgia coast and toward the north central part of the Gulf. 


 

“The actual system will be moving into the northwest Gulf and away from us, but still some rain here in North Georgia,” he said. 

High temperatures will stay in the low 90s through Wednesday, but they drop into the 80s Thursday and Friday when the bulk of the rain is expected, according to the latest forecast.

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

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