(WKBN) – Hurricane Ian made another landfall Friday, this time near Georgetown, South Carolina as a category one hurricane.
Ian has lost it’s tropical characteristics but still has a lot of tropical moisture it is pulling into the eastern U.S. Ian sent clouds to the area through the day Friday, even helping bring a beautiful sunset to the area Friday evening.
The remnants of the storm will bring some showers to our region into this weekend.
What we can expect from Hurricane Ian
Your Saturday will remain mainly cloudy with rain chances climbing in the morning. Scattered showers are expected to develop and continue into Saturday afternoon and evening. The track of the system is trending a little further to our east which may limit how many of us see rainfall Saturday. However, there is a chance for some heavier rain showers and even a couple rumbles of thunder at times in spots.
The storm will be exiting the region Saturday night into Sunday. A few showers are still possible through the first half of the day Sunday.
Will Ohio and Pennsylvania feel the impact of Hurricane Ian?
Both rain and a slight increase in winds will accompany this system. It may take some time for rain to reach the ground early Saturday morning with drier air in the region. As the atmosphere moistens up through the morning, scattered rain becomes more likely, especially south and east of Youngstown. Rain could become heavy at times Saturday afternoon and evening, especially in southern parts of our viewing area.
The risk for steadier and heavier rain is highest from Saturday afternoon through early Saturday night. Showers will start pulling away from the Valley into Sunday morning.
A slight increase in winds is expected Saturday, making for a breezy afternoon. Here is a look at wind speed this weekend from one of the weather models.
You can watch this storm on Youngstown Weather Radar as it approaches this weekend.
Rainfall totals from this system are likely to be lighter to the north and west of Youngstown, heavier to the south and east. The heaviest totals are expected south and east of Lisbon, including areas like East Liverpool, Wellsville, and Salineville. Totals are likely to be lighter northwest of Youngstown and Mercer. Northern parts of the viewing area have a chance to see little if any rainfall. Below is a slideshow showing three computer model simulations of potential rainfall totals by Sunday morning.
Is it possible that Ian will miss our area?
As you saw in the different model depictions of precipitation above, it is possible parts of our area see little to no rain from this system. It will be a very close call. However the majority of the data coming in this evening suggest at least some showers for part of our Saturday. The highest likelihood of avoiding all rain and staying dry would be areas north and west of Warren and Mercer. It is very unlikely that areas south and east of Youngstown stay completely dry all day, but the heaviest of the rain is expected to be across southern Columbiana county.