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WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Atlanta hits warmest temp (82) of 2019; Perimeter woes linger

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE

It’s been a hot day in Atlanta. It’s actually been the hottest day the city has had so far this year, topping out at 82 degrees.

Unfortunately, activity has been hot on the interstates all afternoon, and problems persist on I-285 at 7 p.m.

A left lane of the Perimeter’s outer loop is blocked near Cascade Road because of a wreck, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.

In DeKalb County, the Perimeter is still recovering from a 10-vehicle crash just before I-85 that shut down all eastbound I-285 traffic for about two hours, according to the Traffic Center.

MORE: 10-vehicle crash cleared on I-285 in DeKalb

Gwinnett County traffic has recovered since a fatal crash blocked all Ga. 316 eastbound lanes near Ga. 120 around 1:15 p.m., the Traffic Center reported. The highway was shut down for nearly three hours.

After the past two days of downpours and storms, North Georgia earned a nice day, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

North Georgia had a little bit of fog to deal with during the morning drive. The leftover clouds from an area of low pressure burned off quickly after sunrise, leaving behind blue skies.

There will be no rain to deal with Wednesday, he said.

But drier conditions mean pollen counts are on the rise. Wednesday’s count was up to 1,476, double the count for Tuesday. That’s just below what the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma organization considers to be extremely high levels.

Monahan said the next chance of rain is moving in late Thursday as a warm front approaches the state. It is expected to be dry during the daytime Thursday, but there is a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain overnight and into Friday morning, according to Channel 2.

“There’s going to be some showers around, and there’s the possibility of a thunderstorm,” Monahan said. “I’ll keep a close eye on that. We’re really waiting until the second half of the weekend for some more widespread storms across North Georgia.”

According to the latest forecast, there is a 70 percent chance of rain and storms for Sunday.

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