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Cloudy, cool Fourth of July in store for Long Island; rain expected to clear by start of fireworks shows

The Fourth of July dawned with isolated spritzers of rain around Long Island, and there could be showers later in the day.

"Outside of a drop or two of rain this morning, it should be mostly cloudy. There is chance of some light rain later. I'd say it's hit or miss for light rain showers. It will be mostly cloudy, but could be a peek of sun," said Peter Wichrowski, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's office in Upton.

Any rain will have moved out by the time the fireworks start, he said.

The high Saturday will be about 73, according to the forecast.

Sunday should be sunny with a high near 83 and northwest winds at 6 to 11 mph, the forecast said.

The workweek resumes Monday with the forecast calling for sun and a high near 85, but a chance or rain and thunderstorms after midnight into Tuesday.

On the roads, an overturned car caused the closing of some westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 41 just before 5 a.m., but that was resolved at 7 a.m., according to the website of the state Department of Transportation.

Cameras on the website showed no early morning rush toward Jones Beach, on the South Shore, or Sunken Meadow State Park, on the North Shore -- two popular Fourth of July destinations.

The Long Island Rail Road was operating on a weekend schedule, and there were no unusual delays reported at area airports.

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