Parts of Long Island caught between half an inch and over three inches of snow Monday but the precipitation gave way to strong winds and bone-chilling temperatures overnight with below-freezing climes ruling the day Tuesday, too, meteorologists said.
Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Wichrowski said snowfall tallies surpassed three inches in Brookhaven, and that southern and eastern communities collected the most. But 15 to 25 mph winds were expected overnight among with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees.
"The snow is ending and the winds will pick up," said Wichrowski. "That'll be the big story."
He said the wind chill would be in the single digits: "about 5, 6 or 7 degrees."
The rest of the week should feel like winter, for sure, as through Thursday temperatures will struggle to get out of the mid-20s, with near zero wind chills Wednesday and Thursday morning, said NWS meteorologist David Stark.
The sharp dips in temperature comes just a day after a record-breaker for warmth at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma where the thermometer hit 56 degrees. The previous high for Jan. 20 was 54 degrees in 2006. Such records have been kept since 1984.