FORECAST: Mostly cloudy, windy conditions on Thursday ahead of rainfall from Hurricane Ian

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  • Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 70 degrees. Winds from the northeast will start to blow in.

  • The chance arrives early Friday morning. Highs will drop to about 63 degrees.

  • Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida Wednesday afternoon near Fort Myers as a Category 5 storm.

  • As it moved inland, Hurricane Ian was downgraded to a Category 2 storm.

  • The storm will make a second landfall as a tropical storm near the South Carolina-Georgia border Friday evening then push northwest through the Palmetto State Saturday.

  • The first rainfall will arrive Friday morning but the steadier and heavier rain waits won’t come until early evening.

  • The worst of the rain should calm down by noon Saturday.

  • Expected rain totals are 2 to 4 inches in the Charlotte area and between 3 and 6 inches in the mountains.

READ MORE: Tracking Ian: How it will impact the Carolinas, and when

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