Lunchtime traffic slows through Gwinnett



Friday: High: 92

Friday night: Low: 74

Saturday: High: 91

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Lunchtime traffic is slow through Gwinnett County after several earlier crashes, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

A crash on I-85 South past Pleasant Hill Road was just moved to the shoulder at noon, leaving delays behind, the Traffic Center reported. Volume was already heavy on the interstate after a crash at Beaver Ruin Road during the end of the morning rush. 

Drivers are also contending with construction downtown. A northbound lane is closed on Peachtree Road at Pharr Road for roadwork, causing some delays, the Traffic Center reported. Construction on West Peachtree Street between 14th and 15th streets continues until 3 p.m. 

It will be hot and steamy Friday as North Georgia stays on the dry side of Hurricane Florence and the rain chance remains low, according to Channel 2 Action News.

It’s 84 degrees in Atlanta at noon. With little in the way of clouds or rain, temperatures are expected to just keep climbing from there, Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said.

“It’s a dry radar on tap this afternoon,” Walls said. “It’s going to be hot. High temperatures topping out in the lower 90s.”

Because metro Atlanta is east of Hurricane Florence, subsiding air is helping to drop rain chances below 10 percent, according to Channel 2.

The heat will continue into this weekend, and Saturday should also break 90 degrees. That means those attending Music Midtown need to bring sunblock and drink lots of water.

However, they shouldn’t have to worry much about getting wet as the rain chance is 20 percent Saturday. The second day of the music festival poses a slightly higher rain chance of 40 percent.

That increase in rain is thanks to Florence, which is expected to move into western South Carolina by Saturday before continuing north, which will increase northeast Georgia’s chance of rain.

“We are not expecting any major impacts,” Walls said. “As a matter of fact, as we continue to get in new data, it really looks like the bulk of the wind, the bulk of the rainfall, will be staying well to our north and east.”

Less than one half-inch of rain is expected in metro Atlanta on Saturday night into Sunday, with the northeast corner of the state seeing the best chance for showers developing. 

“In terms of accumulation, we’re on the light side, especially compared to our friends in the two Carolinas into the two Virginias dealing with some extreme rainfall for the next couple of days,” she said.

Rain chances fall again Monday when the remnants of Florence push away from Georgia. 

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2018-09-14 16:11:29

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