Snow behind us; rainy, warm days ahead

An overturned car blocks the southbound lanes of An overturned car blocks the southbound lanes of Merrick Avenue on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Westbury as another snowstorm hits our area. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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Forecasters had two welcome words for snow-weary Long Islanders -- "all liquid" -- to describe the precipitation expected Wednesday, Thursday and into Friday.

Around midday Wednesday there's a good chance of rain -- averaging about a quarter of an inch -- to start falling, said Joey Picca, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.

In fact, Tuesday afternoon the weather service issued a hazardous weather outlook, saying that the rain and rising temperatures will lead to "significant melting" Wednesday through Saturday, when melting snow and ice may drop from roofs and bridges, flat-roof structures could collapse and big puddles potentially may form in low-lying areas.

Tuesday's morning snowfall of as much as 2.5 inches ended by midafternoon and the Island was pretty much precipitation-free after a messy morning commute, Picca said.

Looking to the coming days, after Tuesday night's forecast dipping to near or just below freezing, temperatures are to be above normal, with expectations of around 44 degrees Wednesday, 46 Thursday and 52 on Friday, said Tim Morrin, also a weather service meteorologist in Upton.

However, enjoy that "downright balmy" Friday, Picca said, as colder temperatures are on the way later Sunday and early next week.

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Tuesday's storm brought 2.5 inches of snow in East Northport, 2.1 inches in Centereach and Bay Shore, 2 inches in Smithtown and 1.1 inches in Upton, according to trained spotters and weather service employees.

In Nassau, 1.5 inches was reported in West Hempstead by a weather service employee, and 2 inches was reported in Plainview, both at about 9:30 a.m., the service said.

Two inches of snow were reported Tuesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, bringing to 57.2 inches the total snowfall there for this meteorological winter -- December, January and February.

Already a record was broken with the storm on Saturday, with 55.2 inches surpassing the previous record of 53.4 inches set in 2009-10, the weather service said.

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