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Wind warning issued, falling temps forecast for LI

Increasing winds ushering in a cold front have led the National Weather Service to issue a special weather statement for Long Island, warning of strong northwest winds through around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Winds of 25 to 30 mph were expected, with occasional gusts of 45 to 55 mph that could down tree limbs with resulting scattered power outages, the service said. Drivers of high profile vehicles were advised to take special caution.

As of 7:28 p.m., there were unofficial reports from the weather service of gusts of 55 mph at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, 45 mph in Westhampton and 44 mph in Shirley.

Some flight delays averaging three hours were being reported in the late afternoon at Kennedy Airport, with delays of just under 2 hours at LaGuardia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website.

Temperatures Tuesday night could drop into the mid-20s, triggering a week of low temperatures with highs in the upper 30s -- there is a shot at the low 40s later in the week -- and overnight lows that dip into the low 20s. Worse, forecasters said, there could be snow later in the week.

There's a chance for snow mixed with rain on Friday, said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman, though with only "very minor accumulation possible."

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