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Confidence building in nor'easter forecast for weekend

Weather forecast.

Weather forecast. Credit: News 12

Saturday is shaping up to be a windy, soaking day, as forecasters say the first nor’easter of the season — bearing rain, not snow — is expected to arrive late night Friday, with prime impacts during the day Saturday.

One to 2 inches of rain, higher in some spots, is expected for the region overall, with gusts from the northeast of 30 to 40 mph, 45 mph along the coast, the National Weather Service said in a briefing late afternoon Wednesday.

Temperatures for Saturday are expected to range from the mid-40s early morning before daybreak, up to the mid-50s for the afternoon. 

Isolated power outages could result from trees and branches downed by a combination of winds and already saturated ground, the weather service said.

High surf is possible along the ocean shoreline, as is widespread  minor coastal flooding -- and in some spots moderate — with Nassau and western Suffolk especially vulnerable, the briefing said.

“Confidence is building” for these impacts, the briefing said, with fine-tuning as we get closer to the event. 

Temperatures turned noticeably cooler on Long Island Wednesday, afterTuesday’s foray into the low 60s.

These chillier conditions are expected through early next week, said forecasters.

Long Islanders should be ready for “wake-up wind chills” Thursday morning in the 20s and 30s, making a low of 37 degrees feel cooler, according to the weather service. 

Even with sunny skies, Thursday should warm up to just the low 50s, with northwest winds of 9 to 14 mph.

By early morning Friday, temperatures will have dropped to the mid-30s, rebounding to the low 50s later in the day, the weather service said.

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