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Chance of showers, big warmup before the game

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While Super Bowl Sunday could be wet, football fans won’t have to worry about any winter weather, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

It should be in the 40s Sunday morning when a system of showers moves northeast through the state. By the afternoon, Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said temperatures will top out near 60 degrees in Atlanta.

“The rain looks like it’s early,” she said. “I don’t see us breaking out of the clouds a lot, but it is not going to be a washout.”

 

It may still be too soon to tell whether Mercedes-Benz Stadium will open its retractable roof when the New England Patriots take on the Los Angels Rams in the NFL championship game. As of Thursday, Minton said chances are good Atlanta will be dry for the 6:30 p.m. kickoff. 

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The rain chance remains a low 30 percent Saturday and Sunday, and Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said some models suggest the rain will skip North Georgia entirely. He expects to fine-tune the forecast in the coming days.

 

“As clouds start to increase on Saturday, we’ve got a little weather disturbance coming in Saturday night, Sunday morning,” he said. “This will swing a few rain showers our way.”

Monahan does not expect any of the showers to be heavy, and rainfall amounts should be low.

That’s good news for Atlanta traffic, which is expected to pick up over the weekend as more than 1 million fans pour into the city for the big game.

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“We’ve got some extra traffic on the roads, so one thing we do not need the next couple of days (is) any weather issues,” Monahan said. “And you know what? I like this forecast. Weather impact, other than the cold the next couple of mornings, looks pretty good.”

 

Drivers will still have to contend with Super Bowl road closures near the stadium and Centennial Olympic Park.

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Northside Drive and Centennial Olympic Park Drive, and Andrew Young International Boulevard between Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive are closed until Feb. 7. Baker Street between Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Luckie Street is closed until Feb. 8. 

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Mitchell Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Elliot Street, and Mangum Street between Markham and Foundry streets will also be closed until Feb. 7.

One southbound lane of Northside Drive is closed until Saturday while contractors work to build a security fence around the stadium.

MORE: Some road closures already in place, more to come

Beginning Friday, crews will shut down Peachtree Street between Ponce de Leon Avenue and Third Street from 1 a.m. through 5 p.m. And on Saturday, Northside Drive between Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will be closed.

The Peachtree closures are in effect through game day, and Northside will reopen on Tuesday.

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



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