WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Dry, sunny evening commute marred by roadwork, wrecks

ATLANTA FORECAST

Wednesday: High: 85

Wednesday night: Low: 68

Thursday: High: 86

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Georgians couldn’t ask for a better summer day. It’s dry, not too humid and there isn’t a rain cloud in sight.

However, Atlanta’s interstates aren’t having nearly as good of a day.

Closures continue on Peachtree Street. All southbound lanes of Peachtree Street at 26th Street will be blocked at times Wednesday for a Georgia Department of Transportation project. Delays are expected to be heavy, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Take Northside Drive as an alternate route.

 

Wrecks on I-20 in Newton and Douglas counties are also causing heavy delays, the Traffic Center reported. The Douglas County wreck near Lee Road has been cleared, but heavy delays go back to Six Flags, the Traffic Center reported.

Earlier today, a natural gas line break closed several streets in the heart of downtown for two hours. Authorities shut down Baker Street at Luckie Street, Ivan Allen Boulevard at Luckie Street, and Simpson Street at Marietta Street while working to address the leak at 300 Luckie Street, according to police. The roads reopened about 1:30 p.m.

 

It’s sunny and cooler after plenty of humid, soggy summer days, and metro Atlanta is in for a “preview of fall weather,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said. 

 

This summer hasn’t provided many days without rain in the forecast. Starting Wednesday, metro Atlanta is projected to have three in a row.

The air will be drier, the temperatures cooler and the skies free from rain clouds, according to the latest forecast from Channel 2.

 

“There will be no bad weather today,” Minton said. “We’re looking at a front moving to the south of us and the cooler temperatures now sliding in.”

The cold front that brought showers and storms to North Georgia Tuesday night is making conditions right for a very pleasant Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-80s by the afternoon, but Minton said dew points will continue to fall.

“Anything in the mid-60s starts feeling a little bit less humid, and as we get into the lower 60s and upper 50s, it feels fantastic,” she said. 

 

While it won’t be cold in metro Atlanta, it will be cooler through the rest of the week.

“Temperatures staying a little cooler than average, but the morning lows are the best part,” Minton said.  “In town, in Atlanta, amongst all the buildings and concrete, we’ll drop to the mid-60s. That means suburbs are going to be seeing some lower 60s, mountains maybe some upper 50s over the next few mornings.”

 

The chance of rain does tick up to 20 percent this weekend as this drier air begins to leave Georgia, but temperatures should remain comfortable and cool.

“The drying trend will continue for (Thursday) and Friday, and then we’ll start to feel that moisture increase, the humidity to come back,” Minton said. “The showers and thunderstorms... won’t be widespread Saturday and Sunday, they will be scattered. They will go up to about 30 percent early next week.”

(Channel 2 Action News)

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