High Wind Watch Long Island Gusts 50 MPH Thursday Night Heavy Rain Thunderstorms

High Wind Watch Long Island Gusts 50 MPH Thursday Night Heavy Rain Thunderstorms



High Wind Watch Long Island Gusts 50 MPH Thursday Night Heavy Rain Thunderstorms

We have a strong cold front headed for Long Island Christmas Eve and that means rough weather ahead. There are no issues today however if you have last minute preparations for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to take care of. The satellite picture shows us sitting in mainly clear skies. We should see mostly sunny skies today with highs reaching the lower 40s. The interactive ZOOM radar is nice and quiet this morning and is showing the current temperatures.


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Tonight clouds will roll in with temperatures holding in the 40s. Then it is on to Thursday. No rain of consequence (other than a passing renegade shower) will occur during the daytime. Temperatures Thursday rise into the 50s. It will begin to turn breezy as the day wears on and then winds will really crank up for Thursday night.

As the front nears and the pressure gradient tightens we will see winds gusting Thursday night to over 50 mph. The worst of the wind looks to be from midnight to 6am Christmas Morning. Then we have the heavy rain on the order of 1 to 2 inches and there could be some thunderstorms that roll in during the overnight.

Weather models are showing a squall line of thunderstorms which is more characteristic for deep in the spring weather and not around Christmas. I would not be surprised if we wind up with a few severe cells in the mix. The rain will linger into Friday morning as the winds shift to the northwest once the front passes. Christmas Day will see some improvement in the afternoon but it will be windy and colder with temperatures falling into the 30s. An upper trough comes by in the evening and there could be a few snow showers with that as it passes through. The weekend will be dry with some sunshine. Saturday morning lows will be in the low 20s. Highs Saturday will be in the lower 30s. Sunday morning we will wake up to teens and low 20s. Highs Sunday will reach 30 to 35.




Please note that with regards to any tropical storms or hurricanes, should a storm be threatening, please consult your local National Weather Service office or your local government officials about what action you should be taking to protect life and property.

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