30 Jan 2013 04:15 PM EST
-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: Severe weather is almost here as New York braces for heavy wind and rain this evening. (Image Source: NOAA)
Brace yourselves for some extreme conditions this evening as high winds and storms roll into New York City over the next few hours.
Currently, the temperature is 57 degrees under cloudy skies with winds blowing from the south at 14 mph and gusting up to 18 mph. Rain showers and thunderstorms will develop between 7 and 8 p.m. as winds pick up. There is a 60 percent chance of rain through the evening, with temperatures in the mid-50s.
Rain will become steady overnight with occasional thunderstorms possible. There is an 80 percent chance of rain through the night with winds blowing from the south at 25 to 35 mph.
A flash flood watch is still in effect for the area from 6 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Thursday, and a high wind warning is also in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., with possible wind gusts up to 60 mph across the New York City area as well as Long Island and coastal Connecticut. The heavy winds could knock down trees, tree limbs and power lines.
The rain should clear up by around 6 a.m. Thursday, but windy conditions are expected to continue throughout the day. Thursday’s high will be around 48 degrees under partly cloudy skies, becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. Wind gusts up to 40 mph are still possible throughout the day. Thursday night will then be mostly clear with a low of 27 degrees. A 20 percent chance of flurries is also possible.
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