Another beautiful day with afternoon highs in the 70s


Wednesday: High: 73

Wednesday night: Low: 55

Thursday: High: 77

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

North Georgia is in for another day of beautiful weather before a system developing to the west brings rain and a chance of storms back into the forecast.

Wednesday will see more of the same dry, warm conditions as Tuesday, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. With the help of a breeze out of the southeast, Monahan said North Georgia will warm up faster and in many spots a little more than it did Tuesday.

“We’re on our way all the way up into the mid- to low 70s this afternoon,” he said. “It’s gonna feel more like April this afternoon across North Georgia.”

Temperatures are starting out in the 40s and 50s Wednesday morning. Monahan said most spots will run about 10 degrees above average Wednesday and nearly 15 degrees above average on Thursday. A couple of spots could touch 80 degrees Thursday afternoon, he said. 

There should be no weather impacts for the morning or evening commutes Wednesday, according to Channel 2. 

“For today, just like (Tuesday), we’ve got a lot of sunshine around,” he said. “Only those high clouds above 20,000 feet. No threat of any rain from those clouds. By this time (Thursday), though, we’ll be watching a cold front back to our west.”

Rain will be moving into North Georgia Thursday night, and Monahan said some thunderstorms are possible Friday morning. The rain chance jumps from 40 percent Thursday to 80 percent Friday, according to Channel 2. 

“Friday morning’s commute is going to be kind of wet and going to be kind of messy,” he said. “Could be a few storms, too.”

The severe weather risk will be mainly to the west of Georgia, Monahan said, but an isolated strong storm in west Georgia can’t be ruled out.

By Friday night, there could be as much as a half-inch of rain accumulation north of the I-85 corridor, he said. Higher amounts are possible in the North Georgia mountains.

That system should move out in time for the weekend, making this the first completely dry weekend since before the Super Bowl, according to Channel 2. Temperatures are forecast to run a little cooler with highs near 60.

The Wednesday morning drive is starting out slow for DeKalb County commuters, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. 

A couple of early crashes have made a mess of things. On the I-285 outer loop, a crash at Memorial Drive has been moved to the right shoulder, but the damage is done, traffic reporter Mark Arum said. 

“It is causing pretty significant outer loop delays in DeKalb County starting back before Covington Highway,” he said. 

The trip time on I-285 between I-20 and I-85 is a slow 25 minutes, the Traffic Center reported.

Delays continue on I-20 West because of a crash at Wesley Chapel Road. That crash is also on the shoulder, but there are early backups out of Lithonia, the Traffic Center reported. 

“The Westside Perimeter, by comparison, is light and easy,” Arum said. “Only 10 minutes through Fulton and Cobb counties (on) I-285 northbound between I-20 and I-75.”

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2019-03-13 10:43:49

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