As Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall in South Carolina Friday afternoon and move into North Carolina by Saturday, folks in Greater Columbus may be wondering how the storm may impact the weather here.
Well, don't expect much, according to the National Weather Service.
Friday's forecast is dry, with a high of 68 degrees and a low of 52 degrees. But Saturday brings a chance of showers after 11 a.m., with temperatures getting up to 64 degrees. Precipitation amounts are only expected to be between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.
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Ian's impact on Greater Columbus
"South of Columbus down in the Scioto Valley, there's a much better chance for rain, but no flooding is expected at this point," Brian Coniglio, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said.
Rain will move out of the area by Sunday, with partly sunny skies and a high of 68. Next week will also stay dry, with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
However, there's a caveat: The forecast could change depending on the direction the storm moves.
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"It's still a little bit uncertain because the system is still out over the ocean, so we're going to have to see how this plays out" Coniglio said.
Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida's southwestern coast Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms in U.S. history, USA Today reported. The storm made landfall near Cayo Costa as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds measured at 150 mph, tearing apart homes and buildings and leaving some residents stranded as storm surge flooded communities.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Hurricane Ian: Will it impact the weather in the Columbus area?