WEDNESDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Some will see storms, all will feel the heat

With the rain chance cut in half from the day before, Wednesday could be the driest day for North Georgia this week.

“We will see some rain today,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “The rain chances, though, overall, lower than they were yesterday. More of us will stay dry this afternoon, and all of us will get hot.”

Showers and storms are 30 percent likely Wednesday afternoon, down from 60 percent Tuesday. While there will be more sunshine and blue sky to look forward to, Monahan said North Georgia will again be steamy Wednesday. High humidity will make afternoon highs in the low 90s feel even hotter, he said.

“Rain chances are pretty low this afternoon, at least through midafternoon,” he said. “They will come up a little bit later today, but the rain is not going to be as widespread as yesterday.”

The showers won’t be confined to a particular region, and Monahan said anybody in North Georgia could see a pop-up downpour. There will just be fewer to track.

“Still a few downpours around for your late evening plans on your Wednesday,” he said. “And then we turn our attention to low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico.”

About 400 miles to the south, a developing tropical system in the Gulf is creating some very wet conditions. Monahan said the system is likely to become a tropical storm within the next 24 hours, sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. If it develops, it would be named Barry.

“This is moving south and west and away from us,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it won’t have some impact on our weather here.”

While Georgia is not in the storm’s path, a cold front coming in from the north could help to pull tropical moisture in our direction. By late Thursday, Monahan said North Georgia can expect scattered storms as a result.

The rain chance goes up from 40 percent Thursday to 60 percent through the start of the weekend, according to the latest forecast.

“Really starting Friday morning through Saturday morning, we have a chance of rain anywhere, at any time,” Monahan said. “As we look ahead to Saturday, it’s not going to be a washout, but we’ll have a chance for some widespread showers and storms.”

Sunday will be the best day for outdoor plans, he said, as what will become Barry moves farther to the west and away from the Georgia coast.

The Wednesday morning commute is off to a smooth start, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

There are no early delays on I-75 or along the Perimeter on the drive in from the northern suburbs.

“The Cobb County commute is clean, but it’s mighty early on a Wednesday morning,” traffic reporter Mark McKay said. “We’ll keep watching the volume build and any trouble spots that may crop up between Marietta and northwest Atlanta.”

Overnight construction crews are still working in some spots. In Douglas County, construction is blocking the right lane on I-20 West at Chapel Hill Road, the Traffic Center reported. The exit ramp is also closed. Drivers should take Fairburn Road as an alternate.

On the Southside, another construction project is causing delays on I-75 in both directions south of Henry County, the Traffic Center reported. Crews have blocked two left lanes on I-75 North before Ga. 16 in Butts County.

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

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