WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Rain makes mess of roads as storms move out of Atlanta

While showers remain, the heavy downpours that soaked Atlanta on Friday afternoon are moving southeast out of the city, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The heaviest rain is in south Gwinnett County and Walton County. A severe thunderstorm watch for several Southside counties, including Clayton, Fayette and Henry, was canceled just before 6 p.m.

The rain is only further complicating the interstates Friday afternoon, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. Most traffic is moving well-below interstate speeds due to the weather.

However a crash is stifling one Southside interstate. Two lanes of I-85 North near Peachtree City are blocked at Ga. 74 because of a crash with injuries, according to the Traffic Center. Delays span back to Collinsworth Road.

Georgia is in the middle of a very wet weather pattern.

“The flood threat remains low, even though we are looking at inches of rain over the course of really the next five days,” Channel 2 meteorologist Katie Walls said. “Because we’ve been so dry, there are parts of North Georgia that haven’t received any accumulating rainfall in more than three weeks.”

After the afternoon storms, North Georgia should be mostly rain-free Friday night, she said.

The rain sticks around through the weekend and into the start of next week, according to Channel 2. Saturday has the highest chance of rain at 80 percent.

“For those of you with outdoor plans, my advice is get out Saturday morning,” Walls said. “The first half of the day, there will be some rain around, but it’s not until the afternoon that the heaviest rain really begins to ramp up.”

Walls said she is not seeing a break in the wet weather pattern until mid-to-late next week.

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