As we enter the weekend, Long Islanders can feel more at ease knowing that Hurricane Joaquin is expected to pass offshore well to the east, with no direct impact.
That's not to say there won't be some windy conditions Saturday and Sunday, with minor coastal flooding and rough seas causing beach erosion, the National Weather Service said.
Friday's wet, windy weather is the result of a stalled front just off the mid Atlantic and is not associated with Joaquin, said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist at Upton.
News 12 meteorologist Rich Hoffman said tides Friday were expected to be 1 to 2 feet above normal and wave heights at the shoreline were to measure at 5 to 8 feet.
A high surf advisory runs until 6 p.m. Sunday.
A coastal flood advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for the Long Island Sound and western Peconic Bay.
A coastal flood advisory also is in effect from 11 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday, as well as from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the South Shore, from Queens east, across southwest Suffolk County.
On Friday afternoon some arrivals at LaGuardia Airport are being delayed an average of 1 hour, 43 minutes because of the weather, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Arrivals at Kennedy Airport are being delayed 15 minutes or less, according to the FAA.
Saturday could see light rain or drizzle, with breezy conditions and highs in the lower 50s, said David Stark, weather service meteorologist based in Upton.
With winds from the northeast of 15 to 25 mph, gusts could reach 30 to 35 mph, possibly up to 40 for the East End, he said.
Sunday offers drier conditions, with winds lessening somewhat, with gusts of around 25 mph, he said. High temperatures are expected in the lower 60s.
With the windy conditions, there's a possibility for power outages through the weekend, Hoffman said.
While no direct impact is expected from Joaquin, the system could contribute to higher seas and rougher ocean conditions, Stark said.
Buccola said the front now affecting Long Island is likely to start moving northwest beginning Saturday afternoon.