WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Foggy now, storms possible later

ATLANTA FORECAST

Tuesday: High: 67

Tuesday night: Low: 37

Wednesday: High: 56

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Parts of metro Atlanta are under a dense fog advisory, and some may get strong storms later in the day, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

The visibility dropped down to near zero in some parts of metro Atlanta Tuesday morning. Ahead of a cold front, there are also a few showers in the area making for tricky driving conditions, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. 

Rain falls on Cynthia Hill Crawley (left) and Vanessa Hall (right) Tuesday morning as they walk across the pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

“Visibility is thick enough that some of you probably not familiar with driving in fog should wait until the sun comes up,” Minton said. “That is my advice.”

Several northwest Atlanta counties were dropped from the advisory at 7 a.m. North Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Clayton counties, along with several others to the south and east, remain under the advisory until 10 a.m. There is widespread visibility of a quarter-mile or less, according to the National Weather Service.

Commuters who decide to brave the fog should do so with low speed, headlights on low beam and plenty of space between vehicles, Minton said. 

There are light showers across North Georgia, and the heaviest rain was falling over Hall, White and Habersham counties just before daybreak. Things are expected to pick up through the morning as a cold front slides through the state, bringing a line of heavy rain and isolated storms, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. 

“It’s going to be a quick shot of some heavy rain, some strong, gusty wind, and then by late afternoon that line exits to the east out across lake country,” Monahan said.

 

The line is expected to move from Calhoun through Rome between 9 and 11 a.m. before it reaches metro Atlanta before noon. With strong winds just above the ground, there is a bit of storm energy to fuel some strong storms, Monahan said. 

“Midday, late morning, you go to grab lunch (and) it’s going to be kind of stormy around metro Atlanta,” he said. 

 

Additionally, North Georgia is expected to be gusty, he said. Inside of the heavier areas of rain along the cold front, some areas could see wind gusts higher than 40 mph. 

 

“It has been really, really wet over the last few weeks, and some of those wind gusts later today could be enough to bring down some small trees,” Monahan said. “I would not be surprised if we have a few spotty power outages later today.”

 

The chance for severe weather is small but not zero, he said. West Georgia has the greatest chance for a severe storm later Tuesday. Monahan said he cannot rule out an isolated, brief tornado on the Southside.

 

Atlanta is heading for the upper 60s Tuesday, according to Channel 2. On the other side of the front, temperatures are expected to drop back into the 30s Wednesday morning.

“Kind of on the cold side compared to this morning,” Minton said. “We’ll all be pulling on coats yet again.”

There is trouble popping up all over town, and the Tuesday morning commute is just getting started, WSB traffic reporter Mark Arum said. 

“It was just a matter of time that with the wet pavement and the fog that this rush hour was going to crumble, and we have just crumbled,” he said. 

In Fulton County, traffic is still heavy between I-20 and Smyrna after a crash on the I-285 inner loop, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes were reopened by 6:30 a.m.

And there are still heavy delays on I-85 South out of Jackson county after a crash involving two tractor-trailers, the Traffic Center reported. Traffic is being held at times at Ga. 53 to clean up the wreckage. Drivers can take Ga. 124 as an alternate, according to the Traffic Center. 

There is new trouble in Cherokee County. A multivehicle crash has shut down all southbound lanes of I-575 past Airport Drive, the Traffic Center reported. Drivers can use Ball Ground Highway to get around the closures.  

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