• Wet weekend for metro Atlanta area


    ATLANTA, Ga. - Heavy downpours soaked metro Atlanta Saturday, but the nasty weather didn't stop hundreds of music-lovers from going to Music Midtown.

    Channel 2 Action News crews saw droves of concert-goers walking to Piedmont Park, despite the rain that began moving into metro Atlanta Saturday morning.

    Weather radar showed that the heaviest of the rain was along a cold front that stretched across the northwest corner of the state, north of Calhoun and Rome, but was moving to the southeast toward Atlanta.

    Severe Weather Team 2 meteorologist Karen Minton expects conditions to clear up about 6 p.m. --good news for those attending evening events.

    Part of 10th Street between Piedmont and Monroe streets and part of Charles Allen Drive are blocked off.

    People are advised to take MARTA to avoid congestion in the Piedmont Park area.

    Weekend construction will also be a factor in the predicted traffic woes in the metro area.

    Construction crews will be placing beams on the I-85 and Ga. 400 Interchange project this weekend, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

    The project will close two lanes on I-85 northbound from Piedmont Road to Ga. 400 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

    There also will be work associated with the project on Sidney Marcus Boulevard, Cheshire Bridge Road, Lenox Road and Buford Highway.

    Construction crews also will be closing single lanes on I-285, I-75 and I-20 to conduct drain cleaning and shoulder sweeping.

    Other weekend events include the PGA Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club, the Georgia Tech-North Carolina football game at noon Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium and the Georgia State-Jacksonville State football game at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

    In Athens, the University of Georgia plays North Texas at Sanford Stadium, with kickoff at 12:21 p.m.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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