Ian strengthens; local impacts possible by the weekend

Ian could impact our local weather later this week
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 3:53 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 5:38 PM EDT
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  • 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.

Ian

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 may deliver 1-3" inches of rain this weekend with locally higher amounts possible.
Ian may deliver 1-3" inches of rain this weekend with locally higher amounts possible.(WDBJ7)

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.

THREATIMPACTTIMING
WIDESPREAD RAINNear-certain; 1-3″ possible with locally higher amountsSaturday - Sunday - Monday
FLOODINGPossible; depends on final track and speed of the system exiting our areaSaturday - Sunday - Monday
STORNG WINDWidespread 25-35 mpg gusts possibleSaturday - Sunday - Monday
TORNADOUncertain at this time depending on strength and final track---

Track the latest in our Hurricane Center or on our new WDBJ7 Weather Stream.