NEW YORK (PIX11) — Empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks are prohibited from MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings for much of Wednesday because of heavy rain and strong winds blowing into the New York City area.

The ban took effect at noon and will run until midnight, the MTA said in a news release. As the winds picked up Wednesday afternoon, the agency issued an updated ban for the upper level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge that includes all tractor-trailers, minibusses, step vans, motorcycles, and house trailers. The upper level of the bridge will remain open to all non-prohibited vehicles and HOV traffic.

The move came as rain — including locally heavy downpours — and gusting winds were forecast to hit the region. Rain was expected to peak in the afternoon, while strong winds could be a factor into the night. A wind advisory for portions of the tri-state area was issued from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.

Pedestrian walkways at the Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge will also be closed, according to the MTA Bridges and Tunnels. Pedestrian access at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and Henry Hudson Bridge will stay open as conditions allow, the agency added.