Update - April 16th: The NWS has issued another Freeze Warning for the area that will go into effect at 2 AM on Thursday morning, and stay in effect until 10 AM.
After a day marked by extreme winds and heavy rains, Long Islanders can look forward to a serious drop in temperature in the late evening, with a possible chance of light snow - something we haven't seen since the end of March. In response to this unusual severe drop in temperature, the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as much of the New York metro area. The warning will go into effect at 2 AM on Wednesday morning, and is scheduled to stay in effect until 10 AM.
Rain showers are predicted up until 1 AM Wednesday morning, with the forecast shifting to snow showers between 1 and 2 AM, with some possibility of snow after 2 AM, although little to no accumulation is expected. The NWS warns that sensitive plants and vegetation may be damaged or killed due to the drop in temperature - potted plants may be protected by being covered, or brought indoors.
Currently, there is a Hazardous Weather Outlook in effect due to the high winds and serious wind gusts. There is a possibility that thunderstorms may develop this afternoon as the cold front approaches - be sure to check back for updates on the latest weather conditions. Gusts of up to 50-55 MPH are possible - be sure to secure lawn furniture and loose items in the yard.
For the most up to date weather information, head over to the LongIsland.com Weather Center, where you can find the latest weather forecasts, advisories and more.
[Source: National Weather Service.]