For now, the worst of Long Island's cold and snowy conditions have passed, with the next several days expected to provide a bit of unseasonable warmth, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
Although the remnants of Tuesday's wintry mix of snow and rain will linger throughout the day, according to Joey Picca, temperatures will start to climb by Thursday.
"It won't feel that much better [Wednesday], but Thursday we really start to jump up, with highs in the mid 40s across Long Island," Picca said.
Motorists should be careful Wednesday on roadways slick with black ice, the service said in a special weather statement for Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Picca said the issue of black ice should last until about noon, when temperatures warm somewhat. "With temperatures at or near freezing most of the morning, roads are just more susceptible to black ice," he said.
The daily high Wednesday is expected to be in the mid to upper 30s, the service said.
By the weekend, highs range from the mid 50s on Friday and Saturday to near 60 on Sunday, more than 10 degrees above normal.
Friday and Sunday call for cloudy skies and a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain.
"Sunday looks to be the real warm day," Picca said, with the chance for rain increasing into the nighttime hours.
Picca said the pattern cools significantly by Monday, with highs in the upper 40s.
But the good news is that as the temperatures drop at the beginning of the week, the conditions appear to be mostly dry, he said.
With Rosemary Olander