TONIGHT: Rain From Ian After 9pm, Breezy. Lo 54. Winds: NE 5-15 mph.
SATURDAY: Occasional Showers, Breezy. Hi 58. Winds: NW 10-15 mph. Gusts to 30 mph.
SUNDAY: Periods of Rain, Breezy. Hi 58. Winds: NW 10-15 mph. Gusts to 30 mph.
As expected, today was a dry but cloudy day as we await Ian to move north. Dry air will slow the arrival of rain tonight, but our southern tier should begin to see showers move in by around 10p.
Most rain with this first wave tonight will move in overnight and last through Saturday morning. The rain could be heavy at times with a rumble of thunder not out of the question. With preceding dry air in place, areas north of Harrisburg won’t see as much rain as areas south of the turnpike, where over a half inch will be possible. During the day Saturday, a coastal low will develop and pull moisture away from our region while the remnant low will continue spinning to our south. This will leave our region in a dry slot for some of Saturday with just occasional showers and a chilly breeze. Temperatures will go nowhere with most areas only peaking in the upper 50s.
Despite some lulls Saturday, light but steady rain will be back by Saturday night and into Sunday as a new area of low pressure develops along the coast. This will bring rain totals to 1-2″ to most of the area by Sunday night. The storm will still spin nearby Monday, which means it will still be damp with showers around at least during the morning hours. By late Monday and Tuesday, we finally dry out with sunshine back in the forecast for the middle of next week. Highs will bounce back into the 70s but it won’t last long as another cold front moves through late next week.
That next front will likely bring us our coldest air of the season with lows potentially dipping into the 30s next weekend. Stay tuned!
-Meteorologist Adis Juklo