Septembrrr! Chilly, fall air in place ahead of Ian’s remnants

The cool air ahead of Ian’s remnants should lessen the threat for damaging thunderstorms

ROANOKE, Va. – Wednesday morning is the coolest morning in about four months, as temperatures start in the low to mid 40s (some upper 30s too!). Sunshine and a few clouds come to the rescue, bringing temperatures back into the 60s to near 70° by the afternoon.

24-hour zone forecast for Wednesday, 9/28/2022

A calm wind, dry air and a mostly clear sky allow temperatures to back down into the low to mid 40s first thing Thursday morning.

We’ll see an increase in clouds Thursday ahead of Hurricane Ian’s remnants. Ian will make landfall as a major hurricane Wednesday near Port Charlotte-Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida.

From there, it will slowly drift north and back over land. We start Friday off dry and cloudy, but rain will likely spread south to north later in the day and into the night.

Tracking Ian - Friday, 9/30/2022

This rain becomes heavy at times starting early Saturday morning, as we’re dealing with tropical moisture riding up our terrain.

Tracking Ian - Saturday, 10/1/2022

Nothing will be around to steer this storm out of here. While it weakens, it still will direct enough moisture and rising air to produce rainy/showery weather at times from Sunday through perhaps next Tuesday morning.

Tracking Ian - Sunday, 10/2/2022

As you can imagine, this will lead to a lot of rain - on the order of 1 to 4 inches over a multiday span. Localized flooding will be a possibility for those of us on the upper-end of that scale.

Impacts on southwest Virginia from Hurricane Ian

As far as severe weather (damaging wind gusts and/or tornadoes) is concerned, that threat is low. We’ll be much cooler this time around than storms from the past few years.

Tropical systems in the past few years and how they compare to Ian

Nonetheless, it’s important that you stay with our weather team for updates as we track this storm and its impact on our local weather.

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.