Atlanta breaks 50 degrees following frigid morning; traffic light



Thursday: High: 49

Thursday night: Low: 35

Friday: High: 51

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It’s significantly warmer in Atlanta than it was this morning, reaching 50 degrees, which is actually a degree warmer than predicted.

It’s certainly not tropical weather, but it’s no longer freezing, which is an improvement.

Most Atlanta freeways are moving at interstate speeds, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. There’s only a few problem spots.

In DeKalb County, two left lanes of I-285 South are blocked by a crash near Ga. 78, causing delays back to I-85, the Traffic Center reported.

A left lane is blocked for construction on I-20 West near Wesley Chapel Road, according to the Traffic Center.

Roadwork also blocks several lanes on Piedmont Road at Lenox Road in Buckhead. Only the right lane is open, according to the Traffic Center. 


Although it’s hard to imagine with morning temperatures in the 20s, Thursday is warmer in metro Atlanta than it was Wednesday.

There is less of a breeze Thursday, so the wind chill is not as severe, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton. Still, temperatures started out about 5 to 10 degrees colder than on Wednesday.

On 10th and Peachtree streets in Midtown, the temperature plunged to 29 degrees early Thursday. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

High pressure drifting in from the south will help to warm things up Thursday afternoon, but Minton said temperatures near 50 will be short-lived. 

“Once that sun gets low in the atmosphere and it sets at 5:29 p.m., then temperatures start dropping,” she said. “By 9 p.m., we’re looking at the upper 30s for far North Georgia.”

While it may be cold outside, it’s not wet. That comes this weekend, according to the latest forecast.


A cold, soaking rain is expected to push into North Georgia on Saturday morning and stick around through the weekend. Saturday has an “awful” 100 percent chance of rain, Minton said, and Sunday’s chance is not much better at 90 percent. 

With high pressure wedged down the Appalachians, she said she expects there to be a strong east wind, too. 

“I’ve seen some numbers for winds on Saturday to be 25 to 30 mph, so it’s going to be nasty to be out there,” she said. 


On Sunday, a colder air mass could make its way into the northeast corner of the state, making sleet or snow possible. Above-freezing temperatures are still forecast for the weekend and into Monday morning, Minton said. 

“It’s still a little early to fine-tune exactly how cold it is going to be, how shallow this layer is going to be, but there could be that winter precipitation over parts of northeast Georgia,” she said. 

While the weather models are lining up in terms of timing, Minton said it remains uncertain where the wintry mix could fall.

“The primary spots to get freezing precipitation would be in the higher elevations of North Georgia, but we can’t exclude parts of eastern metro Atlanta, either,” she said. “There could be some spots that will pop in and out of it.”

The threat of accumulating snow over the northeast Georgia mountains is increasing, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said Wednesday afternoon. Those north and east of White, Habersham and Lumpkin counties should keep an eye on the forecast, he said.

A winter storm watch could be issued later today, according to Channel 2.

MORE: Wintry mix more likely for Georgia mountains, inches of snow possible


“Stay with us for updates over the next couple of days,” Monahan said.  

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2018-12-06 20:15:00

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