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Last dry day before an unsettled end to the week

A mix of sun and clouds is forecast for Wednesday, the final day in a stretch of cool, but dry weather. Highs will be in the low- to mid-40s, with a light, northwest breeze.

Wednesday evening skies will cloud over. There is a slight chance of a few scattered showers Wednesday night and Thursday as an interesting system moves along the eastern seaboard. Things get tricky to forecast Thursday night into Friday. Depending on how far north the system moves, Long Island could see either a lot or a little precipitation, with even some snowflakes possible as colder air intrudes from the north.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, where I'll go into more detail. Right now the weekend is looking rather nice, with sun and highs near 50.

Record highs and lows for March 29:

* 72 (1979), 22 (1970) at Kennedy
* 72 (1998), 25 (2008) at MacArthur
* 73 (1998), 26 (2008) at Republic
* 66 (1998), 19 (2007) at Gabreski

This Day in Weather History:

1823 - A great Northeast storm with hurricane force winds raged from Pennsylvania to Maine. The storm was most severe over New Jersey with high tides, uprooted trees, and heavy snow inland. (weatherforyou.com)

FUN FACT: Did you know: the fastest winds ever recorded in a tornado were 286 miles per hour in Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 2, 1958.

Source: The daily weather facts are compiled by Hugh Crowther of the Aviation Weather Center. Crowther is a weather historian and has collected and organized weather facts for every day of the year.

Geoffrey Bansen is a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology.

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