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Chilly Friday gives way to warmer weekend

Commuters battle cold temperatures as they wait for

Commuters battle cold temperatures as they wait for the LIRR at the Mineola station on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Winds subside, skies clear and temperatures rise starting Friday night, ushering in a mostly mild weekend, the National Weather Service said.

High pressure builds over Nassau and Suffolk counties through Friday night and shifts offshore Saturday, the service's Upton office said. A weak warm front then passes nearby Saturday into Sunday, generating warmer conditions likely to last until early next week.

Friday looks to be mostly sunny, but winds from the northwest could reach gusts of up to 28 mph. Windchill values could make it feel more like 20 to 30 degrees.

Those winds begin to diminish overnight, so daily highs Saturday are likely to climb into the mid 40s.

It will be a cold morning, but then the warm front starts to enter the area, said Tim Morrin of the Upton office. By midmorning, temperatures start to climb and northwest winds weaken to 6 to 15 mph.

Sunday calls for daily highs in the low 50s, as the winds shift to the southwest from about 10 mph.

"We start to get a good southerly flow, so warm air from the deep south" affects Sunday temperatures, Morrin said.

Monday also is expected to be warm, with daily highs in the low 60s, he said.

Sunday night, most likely after 10 p.m., rain enters the picture, Morrin said.

Chance of precipitation is 70 to 80 percent, and it likely will last through the Monday morning commute, he said.

Expect clearing Monday after 10 a.m., with daily highs Tuesday in the mid 50s and Wednesday in the high 40s.

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