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Long Island weather: Thunderstorms, hail possible Tuesday

Tricia Schmith, left, of Wantagh, and Joanne Lund,

Tricia Schmith, left, of Wantagh, and Joanne Lund, of Hicksville, walk in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow Tuesday morning, April 26, 2016, after morning rain moved through the area. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Evening commuters could find the drive home to be wet going, with showers and a possible thunderstorm in the forecast.

Rain is expected, and a possible storm, especially in the area stretching from Nassau through central Suffolk, said Joe Pollina, weather service meteorologist based in Upton.

A system of showers, with possible thunderstorms, in northeastern New Jersey and parts of New York City, is predicted to work its way to the Island from late afternoon to early evening, Pollina said.

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of New Jersey through 9 p.m., but that level of activity is not expected for Long Island, he said.

Some small hail could be generated, the service said. Daily highs push toward 60 degrees, and winds blow from the east and strengthen and shift to the northeast during the evening with speeds from 9 to 17 mph with some gusts to 20 mph.

New rainfall amounts are likely to range from one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch, with higher amounts possible in areas hit by thunderstorms.

Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist, said the rain is expected to end around 9 p.m., with skies clearing through the morning hours Wednesday. Overnight lows are expected in the upper 30s and low 40s, he said.

Wednesday calls for a mix of sun and clouds with daily highs again pushing to 60 degrees, Hoffman said.

With Gary Dymski

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