EVENING: Scattered clouds and cool. Temps in the 50s.
TONIGHT: Few clouds and chilly, low 48.
THURSDAY: Mix of clouds and sun. Seasonably cool. High 66.
Hurricane Ian made landfall earlier today as a strong category 4 hurricane with winds of 150mph, which is less than 10 degrees from category 5 storm strength. This storm will create catastrophic storm surge and inland flooding tonight into Thursday. Certainly a historic storm happening in Florida, but we’ll try to switch gears and focus on our weather in PA for the next couple of days:
Thursday and Friday should remain dry with northerly breezes blowing and skies remaining partly cloudy. Friday will bring more cloud cover as the out edges of Ian begin to move northward. Both Thursday and Friday should remain dry, however, with highs in the 60s.
Some model guidance suggests some moisture from Ian could be near the PA/MD line by Friday evening. I do expect a period of rain for Friday night into Saturday morning. Beyond that is still a tough call. Even though we have a weakening Ian by the weekend, we also have a large ridge of high pressure providing dry air across much of the middle of the US. The moisture of Ian will meet up with the dry air from the high pressure Saturday and Sunday. This is why we do not expect flooding locally. Instead, we are trying to determine whether we see a showery weekend, or just some rain Saturday morning, followed by cloudy conditions for the remainder of the weekend. Ian’s speed and track will ultimately determine our weekend outcome. As always, we’ll be updating several times a day, so check back.
-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder