The remnants of Ian are expected to bring windy, rainy conditions this weekend through early next week, disrupting weekend events and ushering in a blustery start to October.
A total of three to four inches of rain are expected in eastern Suffolk County through Tuesday night, with locally higher amounts possible depending on where heavy rain banding sets up.
Gusty winds will also be possible tomorrow through Tuesday, with the strongest gusts expected across eastern portions of Long Island, according to National Weather Service forecasters.
Hurricane Ian weakened significantly after its trek through Florida, from a category 4 hurricane to a tropical storm. After re-emerging yesterday from Florida’s west coast back over the Atlantic Ocean, it has since strengthened again to a category 1 hurricane. It is expected to quickly weaken after a second landfall in the Carolinas and dissipate near Virginia by Saturday night.
As the remnants of Ian move into the Carolinas and up the coast late tonight, however, they are expected to interact with a strong frontal system moving into our area.
This front will stall just south of Long Island through early next week, generating potential waves of moderate to heavy rain and gusty winds through Tuesday night.
Rainfall impacts will therefore arrive in two waves, with between two and three inches of rain possible Saturday through Sunday and an additional one to two inches of rain forecast through Wednesday morning.
The highest risk of wind impacts are on Sunday, with sustained winds between 24 and 29 mph and gusts up to 39 mph possible in Riverhead and the North Fork.
Slightly higher winds are expected on the South Fork.
Conditions should begin to dry out Wednesday as the system departs the region, according to the National Weather Service.
The end of the week will bring below average temperatures, with highs in the low 60s and temperatures dropping into the 40s through the weekend.
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