National Weather Forecast

There will be two main batches of precipitation across the lower 48 on Friday. The first will be across the eastern United States, connected to Ian as the system makes another U.S. landfall along the South Carolina coast. The second will be back in the Northern Plains and the Rockies where showers and storms will be possible, as well as some snow in higher elevations.

The heaviest rain through Saturday evening will be in the Mid-Atlantic, where several inches of rain could fall in association with Ian. Some snow accumulation could occur in the higher elevation of the Rockies.

After crossing over Florida Wednesday into early Thursday and being downgraded to a tropical storm in the process, Ian emerged back into the Atlantic and has regained hurricane strength. It is expected to make another landfall in South Carolina on Friday.


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