Showers may fall overnight and into Wednesday as gusty, rainy and eventually cold conditions dominate the region for the rest of the workweek, thanks to Tropical Storm Zeta and another coastal system, forecasters said.
Zeta was expected to strengthen Wednesday and likely hit the Gulf Coast as a Category One hurricane. The storm's far weaker remnants will be coming to our area Thursday and Friday, forecasters said, and combining with an area of low pressure.
"The remnant low of Tropical Storm Zeta, followed by a developing coastal [low] will bring moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. Minor to locally moderate coastal flooding is likely Friday morning," the National Weather Service said Tuesday evening.
Over 18 to 24 hours, the region could see two to three inches of rain and sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts of up to 45 mph, the weather service said.
"Weak high pressure will pass to the east tonight, allowing a weakfront to approach from the west and bring showers late tonight into Wednesday morning," the weather Service said in its Tuesday afternoon regional summary.
"The front will stall to the south Wednesday night, and clouds should lower and thicken late Wednesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Zeta approach," the weather service said. "These remnants will interact with the stalled front and produce moderate to heavy rain from Thursday into Friday."
The weather service said the heaviest rainfall should take place from late Thursday afternoon, when it will be in the mid-50s, into Thursday evening, "along with a brisk northeast wind along the coast" as the system, passes off the mid-Atlantic coast …"
Friday’s precipitation odds rise to 70% before 3 p.m. and the temperature will drop markedly, forecasters warn.
It will be breezy and highs will just be in the mid-40s with below-average lows in the 30s and even the mid-20s some places on Long Island.
Saturday should be an ideal autumn day — sunny with a daytime high back up to around 50 degrees — good for waiting in line to vote, possibly in a Halloween costume.
Sunday morning promises sunshine. There is a chance of showers that afternoon and the daytime high again should reach the upper 50s, the weather service predicted.
Monday also will be sunny and just a few degrees cooler.