Long Islanders will want to get geared up for potential downpours Tuesday, as showers and possibly strong to severe thunderstorms could enter the picture, forecasters said late Monday afternoon.
That would mean flash flooding and “a rough go of it” for the Tuesday afternoon/evening commute, said Pat Cavlin, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, speaking of expectations for “some pretty big storms and some heavy rain.”
“Chances for showers and thunderstorms increase through Tuesday morning, with the best chances in the afternoon and evening hours,” the National Weather Service said. About 1.5 to 2 inches of rain, locally higher with strong storms, was anticipated.
“This’ll be a doozy, especially after about 2 to 3 p.m., towards the evening," said Rich Von Ohlen, also a News 12 meteorologist
Still, there was some uncertainty as to just where the worst of it would set up, the weather service said.
Main threats would be from damaging winds and large hail, the weather service said in a hazardous weather outlook issued for the region, Long Island included. Torrential rain would be likely from any storms that develop.
And, as with all thunderstorms, lightning will be a feature, the weather service said. “If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck.”