Rain over North Georgia complicates morning drive

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ATLANTA FORECAST

Friday: High: 62

Friday night: Low: 36

Saturday: High: 50

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North Georgia is getting wet again Friday morning as another cold front makes its way into the state.

Light to moderate rain is falling in metro Atlanta, with some areas to the north getting strong downpours and rumbles of thunder. Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton has tracked some lightning strikes in some storms already Friday, but they have been minimal.

“This morning is a wet one for you,” she said. “As you get on the roads, please be careful.”

There is an 80 percent chance of showers and storms through the afternoon and early evening, according to Channel 2. Around lunchtime, Minton said showers should turn spotty, with heavy rain possible at times. 

“We’re going to have rain off and on through midday into the early afternoon, maybe about 5 p.m. or so,” Minton said. “But after that point, it starts to dry out.”

By 6 p.m., she expects North Georgia to be clear of the rain and the cold front. Behind it, breezy conditions and chilly, even freezing, temperatures are possible.

A freeze warning covering Cherokee, Bartow, Paudling and other counties north of Atlanta is scheduled to go into effect at 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

RELATED: More on the freeze warning

A freeze warning is issued when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are expected, the Weather Service said. Temperatures could dip into the upper 20s to low 30s between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m., when the warning is set to expire.

 

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Atlanta and areas south of I-20 are expected to start off Saturday in the mid-30s, according to the latest forecast.

“We are going for cold weather tomorrow morning,” Minton said.

 

Things should warm up to a brisk 52 degrees in the afternoon before a freeze watch that covers most of metro Atlanta goes into effect at 9 p.m. Saturday.

RELATED: More on the freeze watch

A freeze watch is issued when there is a potential for significant, widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24 to 36 hours, according to the Weather Service.

The latest forecast indicates Atlanta could wake up Sunday to temperatures in the mid-30s before the watch expires at 10 a.m.

That’s just a taste of what’s to come next week, after a more vigorous cold front moves through Monday and Tuesday. By Wednesday, Atlanta could see morning temperatures in the upper 20s.

“Last time we were that cold was Jan. 31,” Minton said.

 

Wet roads are making a mess of the Friday morning commute, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

After several earlier incidents, “we’ve got delays metrowide,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said.

Triple Team Traffic and Meteorologist Karen Minton guided you around the trouble spots on Channel 2 Action News This Morning.

There are still tough delays on the I-285 Inner Loop after metal debris was cleared from the interstate past the I-75 interchange. A right lane was blocked at 7:30 a.m., and vehicles remain on the right shoulder, the Traffic Center reported.

The Inner Loop has seen its share of trouble. A crash on the I-285 East ramp to I-85 South blocks a left lane. 

And in Fulton County, drivers are stacking up at the I-20 West ramp to I-285 where a crash blocks a right lane, according to the Traffic Center. 

» For updated traffic information, listen to News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB and follow @ajcwsbtraffic on Twitter. 

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2018-11-09 13:52:30

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