Traffic lingers as temps prepare to drop near freezing overnight

Wednesday: High: 46

Wednesday night: Low: 33

Thursday: High: 57

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Temperatures may have reached the mid-40s today, but they’re preparing to dip back down near freezing tonight, according to the latest forecast by Channel 2 Action News.

While tonight won’t be as cold as this morning, the predicted low is 33 degrees.


In the middle of the evening commute, roads still remain slow in many places, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

I-75 North in Henry county is still recovering from construction that previously shut down a right lane near Hudson Bridge Road, the Traffic Center reported.

All I-285 North lanes near Martin Luther King Jr. were briefly blocked to clear a stalled tractor-trailer, and delays still linger, the Traffic Center reported.

Metro Atlanta warmed to 45 degrees after starting out Wednesday at 27. It hasn’t been that cold since the middle of January, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

With gusty winds of 10 to 15 mph, Monahan said the wind chill dipped into the teens. The chill was 13 degrees in Blairsville and 20 degrees in Atlanta on Wednesday morning.

“If you spend extended amount of time outside and you’re not properly clothed— you don’t have the heavy coat, the gloves, maybe even the scarf this morning— it can get dangerous out there,” he said.

Like Tuesday, the City of Atlanta opened an emergency warming center at the Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 3404 Delmar Lane in preparation for the frigid temperatures expected overnight Wednesday.

Despite the sunshine this afternoon, it remained chilly through the day because of a steady breeze, Monahan said.

“(Thursday) is going to be much better,” he said.

Clouds coming in from the north are expected to fill the sky overnight, helping North Georgia warm up a bit Thursday. There should be no 20-degree starts, Monahan said, but Thursday morning temperatures will still be in the low-to-mid-30s around metro Atlanta.

Those clouds will mean a few showers are possible Thursday, according to Channel 2.

“But more importantly, how about temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s on Thursday?” Monahan said. “That’s a little bit closer to where we should be this time of year.”

The average high is 59 degrees for the fourth week of November. Monahan said North Georgia will “climb the stairs all the way through the five-day forecast,” eventually reaching highs in the low 70s Sunday.

“It’s going to get a lot warmer for the second half of the weekend,” he said.

The rain chances are going to build along with the temperatures, according to the latest forecast from Channel 2. On Saturday, Monahan said the rain chance is “about as high as it gets” at 90 percent.

“Rain, could be a few storms, too,” he said. “A couple of those could be strong.”

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