Milder temps expected in week ahead

Snowplows clear eastbound lanes of the Long Island

Snowplows clear eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway between Exit 62, County Road 97, and Exit 63, North Ocean Avenue. (Feb. 10, 2013) (Credit: James Carbone)

Milder temperatures and light rain will start the week, with temperatures high enough to begin melting some of the accumulated snow from the blizzard during the day, according to the National Weather Service.

But while the relatively warm weather might be a welcome change from the frigid temperatures Long Island has been experiencing, don't expect the snow cover to go anywhere anytime soon, said Joey Picca, meteorologist with the service's Upton bureau.

Snow on the ground will likely be here to stay for a while due to icy nights that could refreeze melting snow. Flooding from snow melt won't likely be a major issue because of the chilly nights. But it could still occur in some flood-prone areas, he said.


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Sunday's highs will be in the lower 30s, with sunny skies and calm conditions, Picca said.

Lows on Sunday will be in the 20s to 30s, he said.

A storm system from the west will bring light rain overnight, with a few spots seeing some sleet, light snow or light freezing rain, he said.

"We're not expecting a very significant impact," Picca said.

The precipitation will continue Monday, bringing with it higher temperatures -- Monday's highs will be in the mid-40s across Long Island, with lows in the low to mid-30s. Refreezing could lead to icy conditions on roads, especially on the East End, Picca said.

Tuesday's temperatures will continue to be mild, with highs in the low to mid-40s and dry conditions, Picca said. Lows Tuesday night will dip into the mid- to upper-20s.

Wednesday's highs will be in the upper 30s, with lows in the upper 20s. Wednesday night brings a potential for light rain or snow across Long Island, but Picca said the forecast was still uncertain.

Thursday's highs will be in the upper 30s to near 40, with lows Thursday night in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

Friday's highs will be in the lower 40s, with a potential for light precipitation with little impact, he said.

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