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Wind advisory for Long Island ends, but cold doesn't

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An unidentified man is seen bundled up as he walks along Straight Path in Wyandanch. Credit: James Carbone

A wind advisory in effect Thursday has been canceled for Long Island, but that doesn't mean the gusty winds are gone, forecasters said.

"The wind gusts were pretty strong all day," getting up mostly into the 35-mph to 45-mph range and topping out at 46 mph at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina said.

The wind advisory, which went into effect at about 4 a.m. and was to last until 6 p.m., was canceled about two hours early because the wind gusts diminished just below the advisory threshold, to 30 mph to 40 mph, Pollina said.

As of late afternoon, LaGuardia Airport was reporting nearly two-hour delays due to the wind, the Federal Aviation Administration said on its website. Other area airports were not reporting wind-related delays.

It wasn't just the wind that made for an unpleasant day: It was the cold, too.

As of 4 p.m., temperatures were in the 20s across Long Island, ranging from 26 degrees in Farmingdale to 29 at the airport in Ronkonkoma.

The weather service is forecasting a low of 14 degrees later Thursday night, which would break the daily record of 17 degrees in 1998.

The gusty winds are expected to diminish into the night.

And the temperature should bounce back to close to normal Friday, with the thermometer in the lower 40s under increasing clouds, Pollina said.

It's expected to be even milder Saturday, with temperatures in the lower 50s and decreasing clouds, he said.

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