Winds racked up speeds of almost 60 mph Thursday during a deluge of rain, but it'll be dry this weekend as the deep freeze returns to Long Island, the National Weather Service said.
In several parts of Suffolk, the gusts exceeded 50 mph, clocking in at 59 mph on Great Gull Island, the northeast tip of the county, the service's Upton office said. Even the sustained winds were high, 40 mph at Republic Airport in Farmingdale.
But Nassau got the higher rain totals, about 1.6 inches in Syosset by 1 p.m., authorities said, and flooding closed Route 25A in both directions at one point in Oyster Bay. Greenlawn, at the top of the service's rain total reports for Suffolk, absorbed just over an inch of rain by 12:30 p.m.
Despite the flood and wind advisories, police in Nassau and Suffolk reported isolated problems but no major havoc. Drivers on the Long Island Expressway were even treated to a double rainbow during the afternoon rush hour, when the rain started to dissipate.
Thursday's temperatures in the mid 50s were like a balmy interlude between freezes.
“A lot of moisture coming up the Eastern Seaboard,” said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman. This “warm and stormy weather” sounds more springlike, he said.
That changes Friday.
"We're drying out . . . and turning sharply colder," said meteorologist Jay Engle at the service's Upton office.
He said the temperatures were expected to be more seasonable Thursday night with a low in the upper 20s day, while Friday morning will start with sun and a high in the mid 30s, followed by cloudy skies.
Then the cold bites Friday night. "Temperatures drop below normal, with lows mainly in the teens across the Island," Engle said.
Then Saturday morning, the wind chill will make it feel like upper single-digit temperatures, he said. Saturday's daytime high is expected to be 31, the service said.
SOME WIND SPEEDS AND RAIN TOTALS FROM THURSDAY'S STORM
Great Gull Island 59 12:54 PM
Islip Airport 54 1:33 PM
East Moriches 44 12:30 PM
Jones Beach 41 11:28 AM
Plainview 40 11:50 AM
Syosset 1.58 12:50 PM
Uniondale 1.25 12:45 PM
Greenlawn 1.15 12:31 PM
East Rockaway 1.01 12:40 PM
Lake Grove 0.87 12:30 PM
Source: National Weather Service