Downtown traffic slow to recover from earlier wrecks



Thursday: High: 64

Thursday night: Low: 54

Friday: High: 60

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A few nasty wrecks are still causing problems on the Downtown Connector and nearby, but traffic is slowly improving ahead of expected evening commute congestion, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

A crash involving an overturned vehicle on I-20 East has three left lanes blocked near Glenwood Avenue, and delays span back to the Connector, the Traffic Center reported.

Ga. 400 North is slowly recovering from a wreck near the North Springs MARTA station that previously blocked two right lanes. Delays are now about 10 minutes from Glenridge Drive. 

Several earlier wrecks stifled lunchtime traffic on the Connector, and traffic is still pretty heavy as a result.

Not helping matters, a right lane of Peachtree Road is blocked for construction near 26th Street, so Midtown’s back roads are also congested, the Traffic Center reported.

North Georgia won’t get much of an opportunity to dry out Thursday with more rain in the forecast. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton expects “scattered areas of patchy rain, sometimes light and sometimes a little heavier” on and off throughout the day. 


Areas of moderate to heavy rain have been moving through North Georgia. The wet weather will be difficult to shake through the day.

“You’ll have some periods where it will be dry and then you’ll drive through the rain again, so your commute home may not be that great,” Minton said.

Thursday is expected to be cooler than Wednesday with highs in the 60s. It’s currently 62 degrees.

Another cold front on the way should drop temperatures even further, but not before another round of rain Friday.

“We’ve got a stationary front down to the south of us, an area of low pressure developing there,” Minton said. “We also have another front on the way that is going to usher in more rain for us (Friday) and then finally clear us out.”


Rain chances jump to 80 percent Friday, according to the latest forecast from Channel 2. While Middle Georgia may see some storms Friday, Minton said North Georgia is looking at just rain. 

“And sometimes it could get a little heavy,” she said.

By the weekend, cool air arrives and temperatures will dip into the 30s, according to Channel 2. Saturday and Sunday should be rain-free with lots of sunshine.

The average low temperature for this time of year is 47 degrees, Minton said.

“Even colder air is on the way,” Minton said. “Get prepared. By next week, Wednesday morning, we’re waking up to 29 degrees.”


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2018-11-08 20:42:38

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