Ian strengthens; local impacts possible by the weekend
Ian could impact our local weather later this week
- Dry, cool week ahead
- Ian landfall by middle of the week
- Local Ian impacts possible Saturday through Monday
LATEST ON HURRICANE IAN
Ian has become a hurricane and will continue to intensity in the western Caribbean, undergoing rapid intensification through the next few days. The system will likely reach major hurricane status (CAT 3+) by Tuesday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting a likely landfall along the Florida coast later this week. We’ll discuss local impacts in the discussion below. Visit our Hurricane Center for interactive hurricane tracking.
TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
The next few days remain very much as fall weather should feel. We’re looking at cooler temperatures, low humidity and fall breezes at times. The cooler and drier air should allow temperatures to fall around 5-10 ten degrees below normal for late September, both during the day and at night.
The only areas of frost we may see would be around Burkes Garden Wednesday morning. Everyone else will see low in the upper 30s to the upper 40s. By Thursday night, clouds should increase from the south by Thursday night as winds pick up from the northeast due to Hurricane Ian approaching the Florida coastline.
At this time, Friday night football games appear cloudy by dry, however, we’ll need to watch the timing closely as hurricane Ian moves inland.
IAN IMPACTS THIS WEEKEND
Let’s be transparent, the forecast will likely change some through the week, but we’re starting to have at least some confidence we’ll get widespread rain from Ian remnants this weekend. In terms of gusty wind and tornado impacts, these will be highly dependent on the final track of the system.
|WIDESPREAD RAIN||Near-certain; 1-3″ possible with locally higher amounts||Saturday - Sunday - Monday|
|FLOODING||Possible; depends on final track and speed of the system exiting our area||Saturday - Sunday - Monday|
|STORNG WIND||Widespread 25-35 mpg gusts possible||Saturday - Sunday - Monday|
|TORNADO||Uncertain at this time depending on strength and final track||---|
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