SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Georgia to get soaked as Tropical Storm Nestor hits Florida – Atlanta Journal Constitution

SATURDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Georgia to get soaked as Tropical Storm Nestor hits Florida – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia will feel the effects of Tropical Storm Nestor on Saturday — and by effects, we mean lots of rain.

Most of metro Atlanta will see an inch or two of rain as wave after wave makes its way through the state as the storm makes landfall in Florida, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz said.

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“We’re just going to have waves of rain — some heavy at times — often throughout the day,” Nitz said. “From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., we’ll have a lot of rain with only a few brief breaks.”

There won’t be much time in the morning to beat the rain, since Nestor is expected to hit the Florida Panhandle about 7 a.m., according to the latest forecast by the National Hurricane Center. Those who wake up early will also be greeted by some of the coldest temperatures North Georgia has felt in about six months.

The morning low for Atlanta is 52 degrees, with other North Georgia counties dipping into the 40s. Temperatures won’t get too much warmer in the city, with the expected high at only 60 degrees.

The waves of rain will be propelled north through Georgia by a steady breeze as well, Nitz said. Wind speeds won’t reach tropical storm-force winds, but 25 to 30 mph winds are likely.

This means football fans will want to bring waterproof wind breakers to stadiums Saturday, but Atlanta United fans attending the single-elimination playoff game against the New England Revolution won’t have to worry about that.

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The match begins at 1 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, so expect downtown traffic to pick up around then.

Georgia Tech is scheduled to take on Miami an hour before the soccer match begins, and anyone traveling out of state to see the game should expect a 40% chance of rain and temperatures in the mid-80s, according to local forecasts.

At 2:30 p.m., Kennesaw State will hit the road to play Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., which has a 100% chance of rain and should be in the low 50s, according to local forecasts.

The University of Georgia will hope to bounce back from last week’s home loss against South Carolina. At 6 p.m., they’ll host Kentucky in what should be a soggy Sanford Stadium. It should be equally wet when Army visits Georgia State at 7 p.m.

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Most of the rain will taper off Saturday evening, but some showers will linger into the night, Nitz said.

The good news is Sunday’s forecast is a complete change from Saturday’s, since Atlanta should warm into the mid-70s with only a 10% chance of rain.

» For a detailed forecast, visit  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page .

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