Storm could bring heavy rain and strong winds for Thanksgiving travel

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The latest computer models are suggesting that Wednesday’s storm will be mainly rain.  The storm will draw mild air off the Atlantic and bring a soaking rain to the tri-state Area. Right now, the strongest energy from the system will remain offshore as it passes to our south and east.  We can expect rain to begin late on Tuesday with winds gradually increasing.

Wednesday morning will see the worst conditions as a steady rain will develop with locally heavy bands especially over Long Island.  Winds will increase to 20-30 mph with some gusts possibly reaching 40 mph.  This will likely cause delays at our regional airports as one to two inches of rain is expected with this storm.  By late Wednesday, the precipitation should taper off and we will be left with gusty northwest winds.

On Thursday skies will clear however, gusty winds will continue which may affect the balloons for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Temperatures will cool to near 40 degrees making it brisk and chilly for much of the day.

The storm is not all bad news: we are currently more than seven inches below normal for our rainfall in the tri-state area. This will help bring our rain amounts closer to normal.