Wednesday storm promises to bring thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds

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NEW YORK – A significant storm moved into the area Wednesday, promising to drench the tri-state, whip up strong, gusty winds and possibly create thunderstorms that could plague the evening commute.

The storm will produce steady rain that started about noon with heavy rain expected to begin between 2 and 3 p.m., according to PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church.

Strong, gusty winds will pick up between 3 and 5 p.m., during which time embedded thunderstorms are possible, Church said.

Overnight, the rain is expected to continue and the storm could make the Thursday morning commute challenging. But it’s expected to move out entirely by Thursday afternoon when the mercury is expected to hit a mild high of 70 degrees.

As for the weekend -- a big one in the region with Halloween, the New York City Marathon, and the end of Daylight Saving Time -- will be mostly sunny and cool.

Friday's high temperature is forecast to be 60 in the city, low 60s in the suburbs. Saturday will be mostly sunny and cool with a high of 58 in the city, upper 50s in the suburbs.

Sunday will feature morning sunshine followed by clouds in the afternoon as a storm system passes just to the south of the region. The high temperature will be 61 in the city, low 60s in the suburbs.