Gusty winds, rain to pound tri-state Tuesday

NEW YORK — Gusty winds and periods of heavy rain are expected to slam the tri-state area much of Tuesday.

Although earlier forecasts predicted downpours all day, updated models show periods of rain with locally higher amounts possible.

Heavy showers, including thunderstorms, could periodically occur through Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service warns.

As of early Tuesday, PIX11's Rain Futercast predicted 1.73 inches of rain in NYC by the end of the day, but the weather service predicts totals closer to 2 to 3 inches.

Minor flooding could occur, and there is a localized threat for flash flooding.

Despite it being umbrella weather, high winds may prove them ineffective.

A wind advisory is in place from 8 a.m. through 2 a.m. Wednesday, warning of sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph, and gusts of 45 to 50 mph across NYC, Long Island and southern Connecticut, according to the weather service.

Winds will last through the day, calming west to east in the evening hours.

Unsecured objects will be blown around, tree limbs could be blown down, isolated power outages are possible and travel over bridges and overpasses will be impacted, the weather service warns.

Wind, rain and humidity aside, temperatures Tuesday will be moderate.

Highs will top off at 73 degrees in NYC, before dipping to highs in the 60s the remainder of the week. Rain is not in the forecast again until Sunday.