Rain expected to continue into weekend

By Ed Brock

Contractor Don Chancey and his employees are slogging through a lot of mud at the site of the Lovejoy Public Library on McDonough Road.

The rain that continues to pour on Clayton County, while it is not necessarily causing delays in the construction of the library, is making things more inconvenient for Chancey and everybody else on the job.

"We finally get what we need in and it rains," Chancey said.

Things could be worse, though.

"I don't much mind working in the rain so long as the lightning isn't popping," said Alvin Dial, an employee of Chancey's company Rick's Contractors.

"Rain can cool things down," said another employee, Ray McConnell.

A cold front over the area brought heavy rains Tuesday night and is expected to bring in more rain today as well as into the weekend.

"It's currently in the Atlanta/Athens area," said Patricia Atwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City.

Atwell said the forecast included a 20 percent chance of rain for this morning and a 30 percent chance of rain by this afternoon. By Friday afternoon there will be a 40 percent chance of rain and it will be 20 percent through the weekend.

And as the cold front retreats to the north, so will the relatively cooler temperatures.

"We're going to be on the warm side of things," Atwell said.

Highs are expected to be in the 80s today and in the upper 80s on Friday, but by the weekend they could be in the 90s.

Tuesday night's rain did not have much effect on operations at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, spokeswoman Lanii Thomas said. She didn't know of any flight delays, although the airport doesn't necessarily track those.

"We had rain and low visibility so there might have been some slowing," Thomas said.

With new technology that allows airlines to realize a storm is coming in and to contact their passengers with news of delays, Thomas said that the days of camping out at the airport are long gone.

"There might be a few people who get caught but not hundreds," Thomas said.

She recommended that air passengers check www.faa.gov for 24-hour information on delays at airports around the country.