Rain Expected For Fourth of July Peachtree Road Race

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    Lightning and flooding could potentially have quite an impact on the AJC’s annual Peachtree Road Race on July 4.

    Forecasters said the approximately 60,000 runners can expect rain from Buckhead down Peachtree Road.

    “The heaviest rain will be on the fourth,” Karen Minton, WSB’s meteorologist told the AJC.

    Even with the expected rain Atlanta officials are going ahead with the event.

    “Right now we are looking to have a great event that might be just a little wet,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told the paper.

    A flash flood watch starts Wednesday morning and continues through Friday for Forsyth and Fulton counties, said Minton.

    “We’ll see an end to lightning tonight,” Minton said.
    There will be an 80 percent chance of rain on Wednesday and the low to mid 80s, David Chandley, WSB meteorologist told the AJC.

    More seasonal forecasts are predicted for the upcoming weekend with highs in the upper 80s and lows towards 70 by Friday.

    There is a large low pressure mass over the Mississippi Valley which can be to blame for the forecast in Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

    “Ponding on roads or isolated flooding is a bigger risk than severe weather,” Kirk Mellish, 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB Radio chief meteorologist told the AJC.

    A temperature of 77 is expected on Thursday.

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