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Forecaster: Santa can expect clearing skies across Long Island

Although Long Island will have a chilly Christmas

Although Long Island will have a chilly Christmas Eve, it probably won't be a white Christmas, News 12 Long Island meteorologist Bill Korbel said on Monday. Credit: News 12 Long Island

Santa should have clearing skies for his nighttime trip across Long Island on Christmas Eve after light snow earlier in the day.

After clouds, drizzle, fog and some snowflakes Monday morning, meteorologists predicted there would be drier weather and clearing skies in the evening.

Then, we have “good weather for Santa overnight,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

The National Weather Service issued a small craft advisory along the north and south shores through 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the weather service's website.

By sunrise, temperatures should be between 28 and 30 degrees, according to David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

Christmas Day is forecast to bring dry weather, with temperatures in the low 40s during the day, Stark said. Temperatures will drop to the upper 20s to near 30 degrees overnight. 

“We’re not going to see any snow,” Stark said, dashing any hopes for a white Christmas.

On Wednesday and Thursday, expect to see sunshine and high temperatures around 40 degrees. Rain enters the picture Friday as temperatures rise to the low 50s.

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