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Flurries should clear by night fall and make way for a partly sunny Wednesday for LI, forecasters say

Sam Fabian, 11, of Port Jefferson, glides around

Sam Fabian, 11, of Port Jefferson, glides around the ice at the Rinx at Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson on a cloudy late fall evening on Tuesday. Credit: Newsday/John Paraskervas

Snow flurries descended on Long Island Tuesday afternoon, turning to sprinkles in some places, but they should all clear by evening, the National Weather Service said.

Any snowflakes or raindrops that fall Tuesday, courtesy of a weak low pressure system in the mid to upper atmosphere exiting east from the Great Lakes, should clear out fairly swiftly, "with only trace amounts expected," the weather service said.

The raw afternoon had a high of about 42, grey skies and a wind chill in the 30s, the weather service said.

But winds will calm down Tuesday night and it will drop to freezing before Wednesday bring back the sun and a slightly warmer high of 46 degrees.

There's an outside chance of rain Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

But Thursday also will be the warmest day of the week – the daytime high should reach 55.

The Friday to Sunday stretch should be at least partly sunny during the days, the forecasters said.

Nighttime revelers may be disappointed. Once again, there is a 30% risk of showers shortly after midnight on Saturday and again on Sunday night and on into Monday.

Aside from two balmy days – Thursday, and Monday, when the day’s high should climb to 50, look for temperatures hovering in the mid-40s during the days, descending to around freezing at night.

Winds, so notably fierce last week, should be much calmer: Thursday possibly may see the peak, with gusts officially forecast at 15 mph. That is nearly double the top speed the tri-state can expect today and tomorrow.

A low pressure system draws near the New York area Friday night into Saturday morning – but it might stay to the north, and produce no "measurable" precipitation, the forecasters said.

But so far, both Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be sunny and in the mid 40s, forecasters said.

Whether a storm system arrives early next week is still too distant to predict, though the forecasters said there may be less precipitation than expected initially.

With Joan Gralla

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