01 Mar

THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Rain moving into metro Atlanta for morning drive

Thursday: High: 65

Thursday night: Low: 54

Friday: High: 66

Most of metro Atlanta is dry to start the Thursday morning commute, but it will be wet by the end, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

Rain is moving across northwest Georgia and along I-575 in Cherokee County at 6 a.m. That system will be picking up over Cobb County in the next hour and moving toward Atlanta, Monahan said, and it could bring a few rumbles of thunder and some lightning.

“I want you to be prepared for that as you get started this morning,” he said. “… It’s going to get a little tough later on as we track some of this rain coming in.”

By 7 a.m., Monahan said it’s going to be wet in north Fulton County along Ga. 400.

A cold front to the west is going to drive the showers and an increasing chance for a thunderstorm Thursday morning. Monahan was tracking some lightning strikes over northeast Alabama, and that system is now making its way over the state line.

“We’re not going to have a threat of any severe weather this morning,” he said. “That will change by Sunday.”

Thursday morning will be umbrella and rain jacket weather at the bus stops, he said. While the morning is expected to be a washout, the afternoon will see some improvement. A 90 percent chance of rain should diminish through the day, according to Channel 2.

“By 4 p.m., there’s going to be some scattered showers around but also some peeks and breaks of sunshine, and that’s going to warm us up into the 60s this afternoon,” Monahan said.

Another batch of rain moves in late Thursday, he said. It will be a little drier on Friday, and Monahan said Saturday should be the best weekend day for outdoor plans. Rain could be heavy across North Georgia on Sunday.

“A big shot of cold air is coming in,” Monahan said. “When we go from warm temperatures like this into an arctic blast, you’re going to have rain, you’re going to have storms.”

There is a chance for an isolated strong to severe storm over the weekend as temperatures drop, according to Channel 2. By Monday, North Georgia could see morning lows in the 40s.

Roads are starting to get wet on I-75 near Cartersville, but there are no impacts to Cobb County traffic at 6 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

“No wet pavement delays yet as you try to make your way down from Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta,” traffic reporter Mark Arum said.

The wet weather is starting to affect road conditions in Bartow, Cherokee and Pickens counties, however. The Traffic Center suggests drivers there slow down and leave plenty of room between vehicles.

In Midtown, 17th Street and Northside Drive has been shut down since last night for a movie shoot. Things should start wrapping up soon, according to the Traffic Center. For now, use 14th Street as an alternate.

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

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