Coming Storm Prompts Long Island Flood Watch

Long Islanders should make the most of the warm and sunny Wednesday before more torrential downpours move into the region, making for a wet start to the second weekend in a row.

A low pressure system is expected to intensify over the mid-Atlantic region on its way north and pass LI to the southeast Thursday into Friday, bringing up to 4 ½ inches of rain, prompting the Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists to issue a flood watch for the tri-state area from Thursday through Saturday mornings.

Showers and a possibility of a thunderstorm bringing gusty winds and heavy rains start Thursday afternoon as temperatures hover in the upper 60s.

The forecast is similar for Friday before clearing up overnight and giving way to a sunny Saturday and Sunday with highs in the mid-70s.