The News/Talk WSB web staff contributed to this story
The combination of heavy overnight rain and strong, gusty winds brought trees down across metro Atlanta early Tuesday, including one downed tree that apparently caused a fatal pile-up on I-20 in Rockdale County.
The state Department of Transportation reported that six cars were involved in the fatal wreck that happened just before 6:30 a.m. on I-20 westbound between Sigman and Turner Hill roads. All westbound lanes of the interstate remained closed after 7:30 a.m.
Closer to town, another wreck, this one involving a DeKalb County police officer, shut down all westbound lanes of I-20 near Columbia Drive for about 30 minutes around 6 a.m.
Doug Turnbull in the AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB Traffic Center reported trees down and blocking numerous other metro Atlanta roadways early Tuesday.
Trouble spots included Ga. 140 near Ga. 5 in Canton, Miles Road at Union Road in Fulton County, Chestnut Hill Road at Laurel Springs Lane in Cobb County and Ga. 140 at Landers Road in Bartow County.
In Atlanta, downed trees blocked Peachtree Battle Avenue near Moores Mill Road and Powers Ferry Road near Chastain Park. WSB's Richard Sangster also reports of a very large tree that crushed a house in Virginia Highlands at Rosewood and Bellview Drives. According to Sangster, the house was newly renovated and the contractor was set to take sales contract today worth $900,000. No one lives in the house, the builder figures it will take about eight months to repair.
All of the metro area, as well as most of north Georgia, was under a wind advisory until 7 p.m. Tuesday for gusts up to 40 mph.
Central Georgia was also under a flood watch through Tuesday evening.
Overnight rainfall totals across metro Atlanta through 8 a.m. ranged from 1.2o inches in Chamblee and 1.33 inches in Marietta to 1.51 inches at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 1.67 inches in Peachtree City.
WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish is calling for the rain to diminish in the morning, with an isolated shower to follow in the afternoon and windy. Highs should get near 53 NE suburbs and 61 SW suburbs, with lows in the mid to upper 30s. Tomorrow will be partly to mostly sunny and breezy with a high near 58. Thursday sees mostly cloudy to partly cloudy skies and colder temperatures with highs near 49. Mellish says expect cold conditions on Friday and Saturday with the highs reaching 45-50 and drizzle or snow flurries not out of the question Saturday.