The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the Sounds Shore areas, effective until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
However, the hazardous weather is expected to continue throughout the night into Thursday morning, with rain, snow and sleet becoming all rain after 8 p.m. The High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday and the Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday until midnight and again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
The NWS warns drivers and residents to be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and to be careful of high winds and hazardous weather.
Expect patchy fog, a low around 38 and wind around 30 miles per hour with possible gusts as high as 55 miles per hour after midnight. Thursday is expected to be foggy and rainy before noon with a high near 45. There will still be a strong chance of precipitation, 80 percent, and winds are expected to reach about 20 miles per hour in the afternoon.
Original alert, posted 12 p.m., Dec. 26:
From the City of Rye Nixle Alert system:
The National Weather Service has issued High Wind and Coastal Flood Watches for a Nor'easter expected to impact the area Wednesday Night through Thursday. Some initial snow is expected to change over to rain, possibly heavy, with highwinds and possible minor to moderate coastal flooding at times of high tide.
Strong and damaging winds with gusts up to 60 miles per hour are expected Wednesday nights. Winds can cause down tree limbs and wires and make holidays decorations hazardous.
Moderate coastal flooding along low lying coastal areas on the western Long Island Sound is possible during Wednesday night and early Thursday morning high tides.
Here is the National Weather Service's more detailed forecast for the next 36 hours:
- Rain, snow, and sleet, mainly after 1pm. High near 39. Breezy, with a east wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
- Tonight: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 35. Windy, with a east wind 23 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
- Thursday: Rain, mainly before noon. High near 46. Breezy, with a east wind 11 to 21 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Read the full nixle alert here.