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Long Island weather: Gusty winds, showers ahead this weekend

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, should be sunny on

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, should be sunny on Long Island with winds in the teens and a high temperature in the upper 40s, forecasters said. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Long Islanders can expect gusty winds, widespread rain and highs around the mid-50s this weekend.

Saturday is expected to bring rainfall, most likely from late afternoon into early Sunday, the National Weather Service said in its late afternoon Friday forecast. The Island could see amounts nearing half an inch, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

“Stormy weather . . . with strong, gusty winds,” is how News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman put it.

Winds pick up by Saturday afternoon, with Long Island facing the strongest winds and gusts overnight into Sunday, the weather service said.

Suffolk County could experience gusts approaching 60 mph late Saturday night or early Sunday, the weather service said in a hazardous outlook statement. Showers should be wrapping up by around noon Sunday.

The moderate rain and strong winds mean potential for some tree limbs falling onto power lines, which could cause scattered power outages, as well as minor coastal flooding Sunday morning of Nassau’s and western Suffolk’s south shore bays. There also could be some minor urban flooding of poor drainage areas, with the weather service pointing to areas “where catch basins are clogged with fallen leaves.”

The first two days of the workweek are expected to bring dry skies, with highs in the mid-40s and mid-50s respectively, the weather service said.

Engle said a cold front arriving late Tuesday night into Wednesday — the big getaway day — means temperatures on the cooler side for Thanksgiving.

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