Heavy rain moving into NW Georgia headed for Atlanta



Tuesday: High: 67

Tuesday night: Low: 37

Wednesday: High: 56

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Heavy rain is moving into northwest Georgia Tuesday morning and is headed for metro Atlanta by midday, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

For now, clouds are clearing after a layer of dense fog blanketed metro Atlanta for the Tuesday morning drive, and visibility dropped down to near zero at times. There was widespread visibility of a quarter-mile or less across North Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain falls on Cynthia Hill Crawley (left) and Vanessa Hall (right) Tuesday morning as they walk across the pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

The dense fog advisory was allowed to expire before expected at 10 a.m.


Showers are expected to pick up through the morning as a cold front slides through the state, bringing a line of heavy rain and isolated storms, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 

“It’s going to be a quick shot of some heavy rain, some strong, gusty wind, and then by late afternoon that line exits to the east out across lake country,” Monahan said.


The line is expected to move from Calhoun through Rome between 9 and 11 a.m. before it reaches metro Atlanta before noon. With strong winds just above the ground, there is a bit of storm energy to fuel some strong storms, Monahan said.

At 10 a.m., the rain was just moving into the northwest corner of the state.

“Midday, late morning, you go to grab lunch (and) it’s going to be kind of stormy around metro Atlanta,” he said. 


Even in areas that don’t see storms, North Georgia is expected to be gusty, he said. But inside of the heavier areas of rain along the cold front, wind gusts could kick up higher than 40 mph. 


“It has been really, really wet over the last few weeks, and some of those wind gusts later today could be enough to bring down some small trees,” Monahan said. “I would not be surprised if we have a few spotty power outages later today.”


The chance for severe weather is small but not zero, he said. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has extended the risk of severe weather to include most areas south of I-20. Monahan said he cannot rule out an isolated, brief tornado on the Southside.


Atlanta is heading for the upper 60s Tuesday, according to Channel 2. On the other side of the front, temperatures are expected to drop back into the 30s Wednesday morning.

“Kind of on the cold side compared to this morning,” Minton said. “We’ll all be pulling on coats yet again.”

Metro Atlanta traffic is also hitting a lull at 10 a.m. With wet pavement and fog, WSB traffic reporter Mark Arum said the morning drive “just crumbled.”

Several earlier crashes are now cleared. In Cherokee County, a multivehicle crash that shut down all southbound lanes of I-575 past Airport Drive was moved off the interstate by 8:40 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes are now open. 


Things are still slow out of DeKalb County, the Traffic Center reported.  Two separate crashes are causing trouble on I-20 West, one blocks a right lane before Panola Road and the other is now on the right shoulder at Wesley Chapel Road. 

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2019-02-12 15:00:00

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