29 Jan 2013 04:20 PM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Currently, the skies in New York are cloudy, but Wednesday night will bring heavy rain and wind to the area. (Image Source: NOAA)
Though New York City has finally seen temperatures rise to a comfortable point, some nasty weather is on its way with high winds and possible flooding over the next few hours.
Currently, the temperature is 43 degrees but feels like 37 degrees with winds blowing from the east at 11 mph and gusting up to 16 mph. The sky is cloudy and will remain mostly cloudy through the evening as temperatures stick around the low 40s.
The overnight low tonight is 39 degrees under cloudy skies, with a 20 percent chance of rain. Otherwise, cloudy skies will continue through the night.
On Wednesday, expect a high of 56 degrees with a 60 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. That chance will increase to 100 percent as heavy rains roll into the area.
A high wind watch is in effect for the New York area from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday, with south winds blowing between 25 and 30 mph and gusting up to 60 mph. Winds combined with the heavy rain could produce downed trees and fallen limbs as well as downed power lines.
There is also a flash flood watch in effect, also from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday for southeast New York and northeast New Jersey. A cold front will bring in heavy rain showers and isolated thunderstorms Wednesday night with rainfall of up to an inch per hour during heavier showers.
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