Friday forecast: Rain, warmer temps and fog

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Along with close to 50-degree temperatures Friday comes rain for much of the day and a foggy morning commute, forecasters say.

About half an inch of rain is forecast for the Island, starting early Friday with an "outside chance" of thunderstorm activity in mid-to-late afternoon, said Jeff Tongue, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

A dense fog advisory is also in effect from midnight Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday, with fog expected to reduce visibility and make for difficult travel conditions, especially for those heading to work Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

The fog could reduce visibility for morning commuters to below a quarter of a mile at times, he said. Drivers are advised to go slow, use low beams and leave plenty of room between them and the vehicle ahead, the weather service said.

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Rain or drizzle is likely for most of Nassau and Suffolk counties starting mainly between midnight Thursday and 4 a.m. Friday, the weather service said.

The chance of showers before 3 p.m. ranges from 60 to 80 percent, followed by clearing skies Friday night, mostly after 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday call for mostly sunny skies with highs Saturday in the low 50s, the service said.

Still, there is the possibility of light snow for Sunday night, Tongue said, and by the middle of next week, look for a return to below-average temperatures. "Winter is not over," he said.

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