The National Weather Service says rain will begin around midmorning and develop into potentially threatening thunderstorms with powerful winds and even small hail. News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich VonOhlen has the forecast. Credit: News 12 Long Island

A line of strong storms passed through Long Island Tuesday afternoon, ushering in a windy night and much colder air.

A wind advisory is now in effect for Long Island through 2 a.m. Wednesday, while a freeze warning will last from midnight Tuesday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

But gusts, originally predicted to reach up to 50 mph, are now predicted to be more like 40 mph, the National Weather Service said Tuesday evening. Temperatures will be dipping as low as 26, the weather service said.

"Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing," the weather service said.

The cold is expected to stick around Wednesday.

”Despite plenty of sunshine on Wednesday, highs will only rise into the upper 40s to lower 50s, with gusty winds making it feel much colder,” the weather service said.

April is usually around 10 degrees warmer, the weather service said, which predicted the cold will linger.

“Another chilly night is expected Wednesday night with temperatures ranging from the upper 20s across the interior to around 40 in NYC,” the weather service said.

Rain will likely return by midafternoon on Thursday and dominate Friday, before clear skies come back Saturday. Highs are expected to be in the 50s.

Sunday and Monday both might see showers, the weather service said. Highs in the 50s are predicted.