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Long Island under wind advisory; snow possible this weekend

A school bus splashes through a large puddle

A school bus splashes through a large puddle along Middle Country Road in Coram. (Jan. 12, 2012) Credit: James Carbone

Long Island is under a wind advisory Friday morning, with the National Weather Service warning of strong winds of 20 to 30 mph, and gusts of up to 50 mph possible.

The advisory is in effect until midnight.

Thursday's high winds died down at night to about 3 mph or less, said meteorologist Joe Pollina at the Upton-based forecast office.

But an overnight cold front from the northwest may mean peak winds between 10 and 11 a.m. today, he said.

This morning's showers will lead into a daytime high of  about 43 degrees, then drop into the 30s, the service said.

A second cold front Saturday may lead to flurries but no accumulation, the meteorologist said. The high will be about 30 degrees, the forecast said.

Thursday, flooding was reported along the Northport waterfront after a weather service advisory warned of coastal flooding due to winds, tides and rain.

Flights at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Long Island MacArthur airports experienced delays as well.

Also, a pine tree that came down on a transmission line about 10:15 a.m. Thursday led to loss of power for almost 13,000 customers, mostly in St. James and Smithtown, the Long Island Power Authority said.

Power was restored quickly to most people, and outages were down to five customers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, LIPA said.

With Gary Dymski

and Patricia Kitchen

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