Skies are expected to clear Wednesday afternoon and usher in beautiful weather after days of dreary rain.
The remnants of Hurricane Ian dropped a total of 1.5 inches of rain in the Baltimore region since late Friday night. Saturday saw the highest accumulation with over three-fourths of an inch of rain. Wind gusts reached up to 52 mph in Anne Arundel County’s Herring Bay and 1.6 inches of rain fell in Annapolis.
Although Ian has fallen apart and disappeared, according to the National Weather Service, it created a low-pressure area offshore that is causing the wet weather to continue Monday and Tuesday. Wet conditions are expected to dry out by Wednesday afternoon after a slight chance of a morning rain shower.
Sunny fall weather is expected for the rest of the week, with a high of 77 on Thursday and 73 on Friday. A strong cold front could make for a chilly weekend, with a high of 62 on Saturday followed by a high of 65 on Sunday.
Rain chances will gradually taper off through Tuesday. The forecasts for Monday and Tuesday predict about a 50% chance of showers both days and high temperatures in the upper-50s and drop into the 40s overnight.
Rain over the weekend’s postponed Fell’s Point Fun Festival due to “projected unsafe weather conditions” and “forecasted severe winds and downpours,” festival organizers announced Thursday on Facebook. The festival’s new dates are Oct. 28 to Oct. 30, pending city approval.
“We hoped it wouldn’t come to this and regret sharing this news. However, the safety of our fans, artists, vendors, and staff is our top priority,” festival organizers wrote on Facebook. Drink ticket refunds will be available through the festival website, and presale tickets will be honored for the new dates.
The first Oceans Calling festival in Ocean City scheduled for the weekend was canceled because of concerns about severe weather, organizers announced Thursday.
Ian made landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday afternoon, striking as a monstrous Category 4 hurricane and one of the strongest storms ever to hit the United States. It flooded homes on both the state’s coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses — nearly a quarter of utility customers.
Hours after weakening to a tropical storm while crossing the Florida peninsula, Ian regained hurricane strength Thursday evening after emerging over the Atlantic Ocean. It made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane Friday.
The Maryland Department of Emergency Management urged residents on Twitter on Wednesday to pack an emergency kit with nonperishable food, water, flashlights, batteries and medical supplies, and to stay alert for flash flood warnings over the weekend.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.