Forecast: Flurries before warm, sunny weather

A car travels a slick Orangeburg Road in

A car travels a slick Orangeburg Road in Pearl River as the storm hits Rockland County around midday on Friday. (Feb. 8, 2013) (Credit: Matthew Sartwell)

Hudson Valley commuters will wake up to a warm and sunny Thursday, with a coating of snow possible in lower Westchester County, forecasts predict.

A storm headed north was expected to bring more snow to the region, but the latest weather models on Wednesday night showed the storm system moving east toward the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm might "brush our area with some light snow, mostly before midnight," News12 meteorologist Joe Rao said.

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If the southernmost parts of the lower Hudson Valley get a dusting, the new snow likely will melt by morning as the sun pokes out and the temperature rises.

The storm's path was set to leave lower Westchester County right on the cusp, with snowfall likely in New York City and Long Island. A winter weather advisory was in effect for Suffolk and Nassau counties, but Westchester, Rockland and the rest of the Hudson Valley remained in the clear.

For the rest of the area, rain was forecast for overnight Wednesday into the early-morning hours on Thursday, with the storm moving on before morning.

"By the time we get to [Thursday], it'll be beautiful," Rao said.

Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s Thursday under sunny skies before a cloudless night Thursday.

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