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Quick update on the Christmas rain/wind storm and the Long Island forecast:

Overall, there haven't been many changes with the overall pattern with the cold front bring heavy rain and strong wind gusts to Long Island and New England, but there are some slight differences with timing. Also, it appears that any accumulating snow would be well inland towards western PA and western NY state. The general timing for the heaviest rain and strongest wind looks to be late Christmas Eve night or on Christmas morning. The potential is still there for gusts well over 50 mph from the SSE. See the images below and the Long Island forecast for more details.


Today (Saturday): Increasing clouds in the afternoon and cold with highs in the low to mid 30's with light and variable winds.

Tonight: Cloudy with lows in the mid 20's and light winds.

Tomorrow (Sunday): Cloudy with a 60% chance of showers in the afternoon with highs around 40 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with highs in the low 40's.

Tuesday: A slight chance of early morning showers and then becoming partly to mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 40's.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 40's.

Thursday (Christmas Eve): Cloudy and mild with a chance of some showers in the afternoon, but with a better chance of a steady rain developing sometime in the evening, depending on the timing, as a strong cold front approaches. Highs will be in the low to mid 50's with a SSW wind up to 25 mph. There is the potential for heavy rain and strong wind gusts over 50 mph at night as the cold front moves through.

Friday (Christmas Day): Morning rain with wind gusts up to 30 mph with lingering showers possible in the afternoon with temperatures dropping throughout the day from the low to mid 40's in the morning into the upper 30's by late afternoon as the wind shifts to the W behind the front.

- 1st and 2nd images: Maps from the GFS (1 AM on Christmas) and Euro (7 AM on Christmas)

- 3rd image: Maximum projected wind gusts in knots through 7 AM next Saturday from the Euro

- 4th image: Projected snowfall for the next 10 days from the Euro

- 5th image: Projected snowfall for Long Island for the next 15 days as a running total from every Euro ensemble member

- 6th image: Projected temperatures for Long Island for the next 10 days from the National Weather Service model blend

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