Weather Alert(1)!
"Special Statement" ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Thursday Feb.11 16,06:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Strong Rip Currents Expected Through the Fourth of July, Rain Likely on Independence Day

Nature & Weather, Local News, Seasonal & Current Events

The NWS has issued a Rip Current Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook for the week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Rip Current Statement for today, July 1, warning of a rip current risk from 2 PM this afternoon through the evening on South Shore beaches. Risks will be higher in Nassau and Southwestern Suffolk, and moderate in Southeastern Suffolk.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water moving quickly away from the shoreline. They occur most frequently at low spots or breaks in the sandbar; higher risks denote conditions that support strong currents and moderate risks imply the development of more frequent currents.

Risks are expected to continue at least through the Fourth of July and may extend even further, causing the NWS to also issue a Hazardous Weather Outlook. Flash flooding will be possible Thursday during the day and night as a cold front moves slowly through the area.

If you find yourself caught in a rip current remain calm and swim parallel to the shore until you have escaped the strength of the current, then begin to swim back to the beach. Attempting to swim against a rip current can exhaust even a strong swimmer.

In addition to a chance of strong currents on Friday, there is also a likelihood of rain predicted for Independence Day. As of Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service was predicting a 60% chance of showers mainly before noon, and a mostly cloudy Friday night with a 40% chance of rain.

For the most up to date forecast information visit the Long Island Weather Center.

Take a look at traffic conditions on the Fourth before you leave the house with the Long Island Traffic Cameras.

[Source: NWS]
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