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Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

Message from GDOT: Turn off your sprinklers!

ATLANTA -- It's going to be cold in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, with temperatures expected to hover around 27 in the mornings and climb no higher than 45 during the day.

FORECAST | Thanksgiving week temperatures

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking homeowners to turn off sprinkler systems that are set to automatically run overnight.

"Every winter, we have icing issues due to automatically-timed sprinkler systems that are left on overnight in freezing temperatures," GDOT engineer Rachel Brown said in a statement. "They can create a very hazardous condition for motorists the next morning."

Gov. Sanders & the Assassin 11-22-63

ATLANTA -- It is the most repeated question of the week. "Where were you when JFK died?"

For those old enough to remember November 22, 1963, it is easily answered.

Governor Carl Sanders has never forgotten that day or the night.

As Georgia's 74th governor, he was JFK's friend, and a political ally. And he too was being threatened by a would-be assassin because of his connection to the president.

"President Kennedy was a good friend of mine and a good friend to the state of Georgia," said Sanders.

Hanging on the wall in his Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders, two pictures of the then 37 year old Georgia governor and the 44 year old president from November of 1962. Both men were young, handsome, stylish leaders who served bravely in WWII.

Their friendship was immediate.

"Every time I asked him to give us some help he responded positively."

Expect delays on these metro Atlanta roads this weekend

ATLANTA -- It will be another busy weekend of road construction around the metro.

As the tolls end on State Route 400 on Friday, the Georgia DOT will be focusing on moving motorists around the plaza until the actual structure is removed in early 2014. Beginning after evening rush hour Friday, crews will begin channeling traffic in both directions into the left lanes and around the plaza. The traffic shift should be completed by noon on Saturday, weather permitting.

TRAFFIC MAP | View construction delays and road problems

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

Look out for runners on Ga. 400

ATLANTA -- Don't be alarmed if you see a whole bunch of people running down Georgia 400 this weekend.

The Pay the Last Toll road race will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 a.m., and gives athletes one last opportunity to see the infamous toll booths before they are demolished.

Runners will begin at the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs and run south to Phipps Plaza. When they reach the toll booths, they will throw in their final 50 cents. All proceeds will go to charity.

Northbound lanes of Ga. 400 will be closed for the race from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.

Get more information about the race at georgiagames.org.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will also spend part of the weekend tearing down a MARTA pedestrian bridge on southbound Ga. 400.

67-year-old woman killed in wreck

67-year-old woman killed in wreck

MABLETON, Ga. -- Cobb County police are investigating a traffic accident that killed an Austell woman.

The wreck happened Tuesday at around 8:15 a.m. on Fontaine Road in Mableton.

According to police, 67-year-old Mary Blackwell was driving down the road when she apparently suffered from a medical issue and lost control of her car. The car ran off the road and into a front yard, where it hit a tree and stopped.

Blackwell was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are now trying to determine what caused her car to leave the road.

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

Freeze Warning issued for metro Atlanta

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning in effect through Thursday morning at 10 a.m., for the following counties: Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Gordon, Floyd, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth, Hall, Banks, Jackson, Madison, Polk, Pauling, Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinnett, Barrow, Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Haralson, Carroll, Douglass, South Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale, Walton, Newton, Morgan, Greene, Heard, Coweta, Fayette, Clayton and Henry. 

ATLANTA WEATHER | Tuesday's Forecast
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The Buford-Spring Connector and other weekend construction

The Buford-Spring Connector and other weekend construction

ATLANTA -- Cobb County drivers can breathe a sigh of relief this weekend -- a major construction project has been completed two weeks ahead of schedule.

For the past several weekend, North Marietta Parkway (Highway 120) in Marietta has been partially closed on weekends as crews worked to replace concrete slabs.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said the project is now done.

"It is always good when we can get something done early," Pringle said. "We appreciate the public's patience through the few difficult traffic weekends we were out there."

However, drivers on the Buford-Spring Connector in Atlanta won't be quite as lucky this weekend. Heavy delays are expected around the Georgia 400/Interstate 85 interchange project.

Pringle said there will also be intermittent closures on nearby Sidney Marcus Boulevard and Cheshire Bridge Road.