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Long Island weather: Flood watch starts Thursday morning

Sandwiched between two rainy days, Wednesday, April 5,

Sandwiched between two rainy days, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, is expected to bring patchy fog in the morning, then mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 50s, forecasters said. Credit: News 12 Long Island

After Wednesday’s dry conditions, rain makes a comeback Thursday morning.

There’s a chance of light rain in the overnight hours, with steadier, heavier rain expected to get started about 6 a.m., moving from west to east, said Joe Pollina, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.

That means morning commuters will want to plan on extra time.

A flood watch has been issued for Long Island from 8 a.m. Thursday to 2 p.m. Friday, warning of the potential for flooding of rivers, streams and poor drainage areas, the service said.

A coastal flood advisory has been issued for Thursday afternoon and evening around high tide, with widespread minor coastal flooding possible, mainly for western South Shore back bays.

There’s also a chance of thunderstorms, along with winds gusting to 35 mph, according to Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

Temperatures will reach around 53 degrees, he said, with scattered showers continuing into the overnight hours.

A look ahead shows “starting Saturday a nice dry and warming trend” with “some flirting with 70” degrees next week.

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