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Soaking rains close out week on Long Island

Well, it was nice while it lasted. After drying out during the week from the torrential rain that dropped a couple of inches of water on Sunday, more of the same is forecast for Long Island today through Friday.

Any precipitation will start off in the form of light rain showers during the day today, gradually picking up in intensity as the day progresses.

The heaviest of the rain is forecast for tonight into early Friday morning, eventually drying out later tomorrow.

As of now, it looks like the entirety of Long Island will see a complete soaking, up to an inch or more in many locations, with perhaps a few areas picking up even locally heavier amounts.

Expect anywhere from a tenth to a quarter of an inch of rainfall tomorrow during the day, and an additional three-quarters to an inch tomorrow night into Friday.

The National Weather Service in Upton issued a coastal flood advisory in effect from 11 p.m. tonight until 1 a.m. Friday for southwestern Suffolk County.

Temperatures will be mild today, with highs in the upper 40s. Those temperatures will only be dropping a few degrees overnight, with lows around 45. Highs on Friday will be even warmer, in the mid 50s.

Winds will be breezy and out of the east, around 15-20 mph, picking up to around 25 mph at night.

The record high for March 10 is 68 degrees, set back in 2006. The record low was set the year before that, a nippy 14 degrees.

This day in weather history:

1990: Thunderstorms developing along a warm front produced severe weather from southeast Iowa to central Indiana and north central Kentucky. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts of 65 mph in Fort Knox, Ky. and hail 2 inches in diameter west of Lebanon, Ind.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.


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