Long Islanders should gear up for some widespread rain and gusty conditions over Mother’s Day weekend.
Saturday appears to be a washout, forecasters say, but it looks like Mother Nature will be lightening up somewhat on Sunday.
Rain is expected to begin in Nassau around sunup Saturday and spread across the Island, with moderate to heavy rainfall coming from late morning and into the evening, said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.
The afternoon and evening will also be seeing windy conditions, with gusts up to 30 to 35 mph.
Saturday night’s high-tide cycle could bring some minor coastal flooding along the South Shore of western Long Island, the weather service said in a tweet.
Look for rain to taper off after around midnight, Engle said, leaving Sunday, for the most part, with widely scattered showers, possible breaks of sun for late morning, and the potential for a few more showers “to rotate through” later in the afternoon.
In all, up to 2 inches of rain is forecast for Long Island, potentially higher in any spots with heavy bands of precipitation, he said.
Saturday’s highs are expected to be in the low to mid 50s, with Sunday warming up to around the mid-60s.
“Next week is getting much nicer,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, with the weather service mentioning possible highs in the 70s for Tuesday and Wednesday.
As of Friday’s forecast, next Thursday could even reach 80 degrees, Hoffman said, and “I wish I could take Wednesday and Thursday weather and move it back to this Saturday and Sunday.”