EVENING: Mostly Sunny & Breezy, Thin Clouds Late. Hi 66. Winds: N 5-15 mph.
TONIGHT: Increasing Clouds. Lo 48.
FRIDAY: Cloudy Skies, Rain By Evening. Hi 63. Winds: NE 5-15 mph.
Hurricane Ian made landfall yesterday along the western Florida coast as a strong Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph, which is less than 10 mph away from Category 5 storm strength. This storm will create catastrophic storm surge and inland flooding through today across the Florida peninsula. Certainly, it is a historic storm and Floridians will have a mess for months to try and clean up and put their lives back together. Ian will be one for the record books in Florida, unfortunately. Now we will watch as the storm redevelops and likely becomes a Category 1 hurricane before hitting South Carolina with its second landfall. Let’s discuss its potential impact locally now:
Most model guidance now agrees that rain from Ian will arrive by Friday night. There will be a steady period of rain from Friday night into Saturday morning. This rain could be heavy at times too. 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 northern U.S. and New England. The moisture from Ian will meet up with the dry air from the high pressure on both Saturday and Sunday. This is why we do not expect flooding to occur locally.
At this time, plan for the bulk of our rain to occur Friday night into Saturday morning. Rain amounts could near an inch for some Saturday morning. The rest of Saturday will stay cloudy, breezy and cool with occasional showers.
Sunday may bring a period of light rain, otherwise it will be similar to Saturday with cloudy, breezy and cool conditions.
We’re gonna keep updating our weekend forecast, thanks for reading!
-Meteorologists Eric Finkenbinder