Snowfall less than predicted

Snow falls on a runner at Eisenhower Park

Snow falls on a runner at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow in the early morning. (Feb.11, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile)

A half-inch of snow topped accumulation totals for the Saturday snowstorm that fizzled.

Meteorologist Dan Hoffman with the National Weather Service in Upton said North Babylon had the most snowfall, at a half-inch.

Upton and Orient had four-tenths of an inch, and Islip and Mount Sinai had two-tenths of an inch.

Earlier Saturday, forecasters had revised downward the snow total predictions.

Mike Layer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, said Nassau and Suffolk counties could expect no more than an inch of snow.

On Friday, forecasters had warned that as much as 4 inches could fall. "The storm ended up taking a slightly farther east track," Layer said.

Snow covered tree limbs and grassy surfaces Saturday morning, creating a picturesque winter scene.

Long Island's roads were wet, but police reported few problems. LIPA reported few power outages, and the Long Island Rail Road was operating normally.

Snowfall ended by early afternoon, and temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s tonight, and even into the teens overnight, Layer said.

"We're going to have a nice cold shot of air," Layer said.

A minor weather front is expected to come into the region after midnight and could generate a few snow flurries, forecasters said.

Overnight, temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s with wind chills in the single digits.

But the cold weather won't last. Early next week, forecasters said, temperatures will be back in the mid-to-high 30s.

Since Dec. 1, 4.2 inches of snow have fallen at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Long Island typically has an average to 20 to 25 inches of snow during winter months, Layer said.

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