WEDNESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: One more day of afternoon downpours

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan has your forecast

Another round of heavy rain Wednesday will come with the risk of a strong storm, according to Channel 2 Action News.

It should be the last day this week North Georgia has to deal with afternoon downpours. Much drier and less humid weather is in the forecast beginning Thursday, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

“I promise you things are going to get better tomorrow,” he said. “If you've got outdoor plans and you've got to get them done this week, tomorrow onward should be pretty good for us. Today is not so great.”

Like Tuesday, the first few hours of Wednesday will be driest. The rain chance increases to 70% by 2 p.m., according to Channel 2.

A few showers are falling Wednesday morning in the northeast Georgia mountains, but most of the region is dry and murky with added cloud cover. Monahan said those clouds will be rain producers this afternoon.

“Once we get past lunchtime, some fairly widespread showers and storms develop,” he said. “We’ll have heavy rain, frequent lightning, and some strong wind gusts, too.”

Because the ground is already wet, there is a possibility the wind could take down some trees. Monahan said the risk of damaging wind is moderate, while the risk of hail is low.

Some showers and storms will stick around after sunset Wednesday, Monahan said, as a cold front sets up to the northwest.

“But by the time you wake up tomorrow, that rain chance is going to be gone,” he said. “It’s going to turn a whole lot drier, the humidity is going to be lower, and a nice start to your Thursday is in the forecast.”

North Georgia should be able to feel the shift in the weather Thursday once the dew points, the measure of moisture in the air, drop. While temperatures will remain elevated, Monahan said it will feel pretty comfortable headed into the weekend.

The projected daily high holds steady for metro Atlanta at about 85 degrees each day through Sunday, according to Channel 2.

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At least one downed tree is already impacting travel Wednesday morning. Atlanta police are responding to a report of a tree and wires down on Howell Mill Road at Northside Parkway, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

There are also heavy delays on the Southside after a crash on I-75 South. Only one left lane was open before Hudson Bridge Road in Henry County as of 6 a.m., the Traffic Center reported.

Drivers can use Tara Boulevard or I-675 out of Stockbridge until the crash scene clears.

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