High Winds, Heavy Rain Thrash Tri-State

The evening commute could get messy.

By Chris Cimino
|  Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011  |  Updated 2:56 PM EDT
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    A complex storm system moving up the eastern seaboard in the next 24 hours brings a round of wind-driven rain to much of the tri-state area today into tonight.  

    Periods of rain will continue into the evening commute, varying in intensity with some locally heavy downpours possible.  

    The heaviest of the rain will tend to fall out across eastern Long Island and Connecticut.  

    Some local street and highway flooding is possible in areas of poor drainage, but no major flooding is expected from this system at this point.

    The rain will diminish to showers overnight and taper off by morning.  

    Dry air will push in and the skies will partially clear Thursday with temperatures climbing well into the 60s.  

    Friday through Sunday will feature partly to mostly sunny days with highs near 60 degrees and clear crisp nights with lows in the 40s in the city and some 30s in the suburbs.

    The other component of this storm will be the gusty winds out of the northeast.  

    Some areas, especially nearer the coast, could see gusts of 30 to 35 mph or more later this afternoon and early evening.

    The wind will stay fairly strong and gusty Thursday as well but will shift into the southwest at 15 to 25 mph.

    Rainfall totals should average around an inch or so near the city with locally higher amounts of 2 to 3 inches possible in areas of heavier downpours, mainly over eastern Long Island and Connecticut.

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