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Hickory Apt

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Hickory Airport , NC
Hickory Regional Airport (North Hickory)

Forecast Last Updated at Monday, September 26, 2022 at 5:47PM

Glorious Weather, Then Ian

We’ve got clear-sailing through Thursday. Expect bountiful sunshine Tuesday. By Wednesday and Thursday, some of the high cirrus blowoff from Hurricane Ian will start to appear in western North Carolina skies. Bigger impacts from Ian arrive late Friday and the upcoming weekend. Details on that storyline are in the Discussion Section below.

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Monday

Hi: 77 Lo: 48

Mostly clear; Light NW wind
Tuesday

Hi: 72 Lo: 46

Bright sunshine; Pleasant; NW wind 5-15mph
Wednesday

Hi: 67 Lo: 48

High clouds & very nice; NNE wind 5-10 mph
Thursday

Hi: 66 Lo: 51

Sunshine filtered through high clouds
Friday

Hi: 62 Lo: 54

Watching Ian: Thickening clouds with rain moving in late-day or Friday night

Further Out

Saturday - Overcast & rainy; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 50s
Sunday - Mostly cloudy with showers likely; High near 70 degrees; Low in the upper 50s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure will be the story over the next couple of days. This will promote generally clear weather, but seasonably cool conditions.

Once we get to the end of the workweek, all attention then turns to Ian. Hurricane Ian has intensified today. It will cross the western tip of Cuba on Tuesday before strafing the west coast of the Florida Peninsula Wednesday and Thursday. Landfall along the Florida west coast or perhaps up near Apalachee Bay is expected Thursday night. Once inland, it will head northward toward the Southern Appalachians or Foothills, providing a very rainy Friday night and Saturday for the local area.

Fortunately, we’re fairly well equipped to handle the anticipated 2-4 inches of rainfall, due to our rather dry last couple of weeks. Thus, the risk for flooding is not as high as it normally would be in a situation such as this. If the system substantially slows down, our flooding threat is going to increase, however.

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