Strong thunderstorms, heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 60 mph capable of downing trees and power lines are forecast to sweep across Long Island on Wednesday.

Wednesday morning is expected to give way to a chance of rain during the afternoon before the winds and downpours intensify Wednesday evening.

“This could pose a hazard to anyone out driving or walking Wednesday night…and to houses and other structures near larger trees,” Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists said in a statement while issuing a high wind watch.

Temperatures in the low 50s and up to an inch of rain is expected as rain and high winds continue into Thursday morning. The skies will likely clear up for a breezy Thursday afternoon with a high near 49.

There will be a slight chance of snow showers before noon on Friday that may turn into a rain/snow mix in the afternoon before turning over to just snow. Temperatures will drop to the 2os for the weekend, and a slight chance of snow showers will return for Saturday night into Sunday.


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