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Long Island weather: On and off rain in coming days

Along with periods of drizzle and a slight

Along with periods of drizzle and a slight chance of light rain, winds from the northeast are at 18 to 20 mph, the service said. Credit: News 12

With the chance of rain increasing for the Thursday overnight hours, some Friday morning commuters could well be facing wet and windy conditions, forecasters say.

Steady rain is forecast for the morning rush, with those getting an early start possibly avoiding it, said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist, based in Upton.

From then through Saturday, periods of rain varying in intensity, meaning some can be heavy at times, can be expected, he said. In all there’s the possibility for 1 1⁄2 to 2 inches.

“Much needed rainfall is on the way,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said, looking ahead to the end of the workweek.

Long Island was seeing wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph Thursday afternoon, expected to approach 40 mph for Friday, the weather service said.

Friday was looking at an 80 percent chance of rain, with showers continuing overnight.

Expect highs to be in the lower 60s.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect for Nassau’s south shore, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, the weather service said.

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