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Long Island weather: Showers clear out, replaced by wind gusts Saturday

Lewis Medina, from Jersey City, N.J., shows his

Lewis Medina, from Jersey City, N.J., shows his son, Jakob, 8, a crab he caught off the pier at Field 10 at Jones Beach in Wantagh on an overcast Friday. Credit: Linda Rosier

The good news? Thunderstorms and heavy fog are expected to clear out Saturday. The bad news? They'll be replaced by clouds and strong wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, forecasters said.

After a rainy, messy Friday, it still may be an improvement.

The region was pelted Friday by periods of heavy rain and gusty winds. Thunderstorms were reported around 1 p.m. at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, causing major flight delays, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Fog entered the picture late Friday afternoon, leading to reduced visibility in some spots, according to the National Weather Service in Upton. Drivers were urged to slow down, use low beam headlights, and leave plenty of room ahead in case of sudden stops.

The Weather Service advised there could also be some minor flooding of poor drainage areas.

Saturday's forecast is more promising.

“Gusty westerly winds develop Saturday … with winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts of 25 to 35 mph,” in the tristate region, according to the weather service.

The day starts out with sunshine, as clouds build in the afternoon, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. Temperatures in the upper 50s are expected.

How about Sunday? “More wet weather,” Hoffman said, with temps in the mid-50s to around 60 degrees.

With Robert Brodsky

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