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Rain and snow -- it's no April Fool's joke

So much for March going out like a lamb. The first day of April will be no better.

Rain and some wet snowflakes will be impacting Long Island through Friday morning and into the afternoon. Dry weather returns for the weekend.

Precipitation during the morning will fall in the form of rain and a few wet snowflakes. No significant accumulation is expected on Long Island, which could see a slushy inch when all is said and done. The same can't be said for areas north and west of the city and at higher elevations, where some places could see up to 3 to 6 inches of snow.

It will be a chilly day, with highs in the upper 30s to low 40s, and a slight breeze out of the north.

Any wet snow on Long Island should change back to all rain by the afternoon hours, ending around the Friday evening commute. Skies will clear overnight.

The weekend looks mainly sunny with high temperatures near 50 for both days. It could get blustery at times, especially on Sunday. There is a very slight chance of a scattered sprinkle over the weekend, but things should remain mostly dry.

Record highs and lows for April 1:

* 75 (1978), 26 (1969) at Kennedy
* 67 (1999), 26 (1992) at MacArthur
* 63 (2006), 28 (2003) at Republic
* 62 (1999), 21 (2007) at Gabreski

Source: National Weather Service

This Day in Weather History:

1923 - Residents in the eastern United States awoke on "April Fool's Day" to bitterly cold temperatures. The mercury plunged to -34 degrees at Bergland, Mich., and to 16 degrees in Georgia.

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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