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Ian's Impact for NY? Saturday Rain Fizzles Early, But Carries On

NBC New York 10/1/2022 Storm Team 4

Bracing for the fringe effects of Ian the New York area awoke Saturday to a dreary weekend start before showers slowly petered out as the day wore on.

Rain arrived after midnight, with some of the precipitation heavy at times before sunrise. The bulk of the train came in the first half of Saturday, with a break in the steadiest rainfall by the afternoon hours. How much rain we saw depended on location.

Those north and west had little impact from any showers, while Central Park recorded around half an inch. Over in parts of Long Island, those totals nearly tripled.

What's in store for the rest of the weekend? A few spotty showers will close out Saturday, then return in earnest on Sunday afternoon. The best bet of rain is south of the city.

Coastal Impacts

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Persistent winds from the northeast could lead to widespread minor coastal flooding, mainly during the high tide cycle. That's more likely further south of the NYC area and in parts of Suffolk County like Montauk, but Jamaica Bay and parts of Nassau County could also see some moderate coastal flooding Sunday or Monday. The winds could also push 1-2 feet of water onshore during high tide, especially in New Jersey.

There is a slight risk for flash flooding where the rain is heaviest on Saturday: in eastern Suffolk County and New Jersey's Ocean County. But at this point, any flooding would be isolated, with no widespread dramatic impacts expected.

Beach erosion and dangerous rip currents will be possible, especially for areas further south on the Jersey Shore.

In addition to the rain, chilly and breezy conditions enter the tri-state on Saturday. Expect highs only in the low 60s, and strong winds late Saturday through Sunday will make it feel even chillier. Gusts up to 40 mph are possible, and that chill should stick around through early next week. Temperatures barely top 60 from Saturday through Tuesday.

Most of the rain will arrive Saturday, with the strongest winds expected on Sunday.

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