Heavy rain, flooding, gusty winds to slam NYC at height of holiday travel

December 20, 2018 - 5:15 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A nasty storm will slam the tri-state area during the height of the Christmas travel period.

The storm will bring flooding, gusty winds, severe thunderstorms and some snow to the region beginning on Thursday, AccuWeather reports. The severe weather will extend into Friday.

On Friday, flash and urban flooding will be a risk, as will uprooted trees and localized power outages.

There is the potential for rainfall at the rate of 1-2 inches per hour for a brief time.

"The most widespread problem from this storm will be related to drenching rain," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

The storm will gain strength as it travels northeastward from the upper Gulf coast to eastern Quebec.

A combination of drenching rain, gusty winds and poor visibility from fog and low clouds is likely to cause substantial airline delays at New York City-area airports. 

A wind advisory will be in effect for NYC from 1 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. A flood watch will be in effect Thursday evening until Friday night.