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Long Island weather: Chance of severe weather late Tuesday

Light rain, drizzle and patchy fog Monday morning

Light rain, drizzle and patchy fog Monday morning should give way to a mostly cloudy day with a high temperature in the upper 60s, forecasters said. Photo Credit: Weather Underground

Early Tuesday could be kicking off with some patchy fog, but the big concern comes later in the day with chances for showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say.

“The big weather story will be for Tuesday afternoon and evening as a cold front crosses the area,” bringing the possibility for “strong to severe thunderstorms,” the National Weather Service said late Monday afternoon in its regional summary.

That’s particularly for areas to the north and west of Long Island, said Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

Some damaging wind gusts could be in the picture, along with locally heavy rainfall with any stronger storms. The result could be minor flooding of poor drainage areas, with a small chance for localized flash flooding, the weather service said.

Still, for Long Island there was “a very low chance for isolated severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening,” the weather service said in a hazardous weather statement.

Temperatures were expected to head up to the high 70s, even cracking 80 degrees in areas of Nassau, while the East End was set to be considerably cooler.

The front is expected to stall to the south, meaning spotty showers could be lingering into Wednesday, as temperatures peak in the low 60s.

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