Hurricane Ian made landfall this afternoon near Georgetown, South Carolina, as a Category 1 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The transitioning post-tropical storm will travel north-northwest across South Carolina and North Carolina tonight, spreading a rain shield through the central Appalachians.

High pressure over eastern Canada and the Great Lakes brought another a crisp fall day with a northeast breeze, and sunshine filtered by high clouds in advance of Ian. Afternoon readings topped out in the pleasant mid-60s. Clouds will increase through the evening hours but expect comfortable weather again for Football Friday Nite, in the low 60s during the games drifting down into the upper 50s.

An envelope of rain will reach far southeastern Ohio before daybreak Saturday and gradually work northward to about the I-71 corridor later in the day, with increasing northeast winds between 15-25 mph. Light rain will fall at times during the OSU-Rutgers game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m., while the bulk of the moisture remains southeast of I-71. Temperatures will exhibit a wide range Saturday afternoon across the state, from the upper 50s in the southeast to the upper 60s with some sun in northwestern Ohio.

The remnant low will stall over western Virginia Saturday night and then drift southeast away from the region on Sunday, with a few lingering showers in southeastern Ohio. An upper-level low will keep clouds in the picture on Monday and an isolated shower, with readings again reacting the upper 60s in the afternoon.

Fair and pleasant weather returns next week under building high pressure, along with a slight warmup.

Forecast

  • Tonight: Clouds increase, not as chilly. Low 54
  • Saturday: Cloudy, breezy, showers develop. High 65
  • Sunday: Showers southeast, mostly cloudy. High 68 (55)
  • Monday: Mix clouds and sun, isolated shower. High 69 (47)
  • Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High 68 (43)
  • Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High 70 (45)
  • Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 71 (49)