Snow much for spring: Flakes flying Thursday

Maybe Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal were right after all.

On the second day of spring, light snow is falling on parts of Long Island.

Snow was expected after midnight Wednesday and into Thursday, with accumulations of less than an inch in most places, and 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches on the South Fork, National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Pollina said. The snow on the East End may last into the afternoon, he said.

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Any snow that does fall during the day will likely melt, Pollina said, as temperatures will hover in the middle to upper 30s.

While it is supposed to be dry on Friday, below normal temperatures will continue, with the high expected to be around 40 -- nearly 10 degrees below normal this time of year, he said.

This March has been a "stark difference" compared with the mild temperatures this time last year, Pollina said.

Don't say those furry prognosticators Hal and Mel didn't warn you: The groundhogs both called for six more weeks of winter when they saw their shadows on Feb. 2.

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