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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tri-State Area residents were being warned Friday to be aware of strong, gusty winds that were expected to last until midnight.

According to the weather team, winds will continue to blow from the west from 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph.

High winds are dangerous because they can bring down trees and power lines. The ground is saturated so trees can come down easier. AccuWeather urges people to be extremely careful while driving across bridges and overpasses, especially near buses and trucks.

In addition to the strong winds, strong thunderstorms brought significant damage to buildins and trees in Ocean County on Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine if a microburst, tornado or just straight line winds hit the area.

“Even before lunchtime on Friday, Kennedy Airport had recorded a wind gust of 51 mph. Those types of winds are possible throughout the nighttime hours. However, they have changed direction and will now usher in much colder temperatures,” CBS 2′s Lonnie Quinn said.

Expect the mercury to not escape the upper 30s Saturday after having reached close to 60 on Friday.


WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane with public works employees getting soaked on the job in Nanuet

Tappan Zee Bridge - Nyack, NY - Feb 25, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

Flights arriving at all three area airports are experiencing extensive delays of up to nearly three hours due to wind.

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Up to two inches of total rainfall fell throughout the area on Friday. Central Park saw 1.37 inches.

“Our next precipitation chance will be early Sunday morning. With colder air in place, this will be our chance to see some light snow showers,” Quinn said. “We’re not talking about big accumulations, maybe a dusting to an inch north of the city.”

The pattern will continue into Monday, but temperatures will once again warm up, so expect a repeat performance of Friday’s spring-like temperatures and heavy rains.

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