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Sunshine returns for Ides of March, but not for long

After a rather dreary and gray start to the week, the sun will return Tuesday before giving way to a wet Wednesday. The end of the week has some great weather in store for Long Island.

High pressure will dominate on Tuesday, with average temperatures for this time in March. Expect highs in the middle 40s, with calm winds becoming just light out of the south. Clouds will increase later in the day on Tuesday.

Wednesday looks as if it will feature some heavy rain. Fortunately, it looks like the system will be moving through the tri-state area fairly quickly, limiting rainfall to about a half-inch or so. Look for tomorrow's post for more details.

Things clear out Wednesday night, and the end of the week looks fabulous. Along with dry weather, temperatures will be above average on Thursday, and borderline warm on Friday. Of course, it will feel warm regardless after the cold winter Long Islanders have had to deal with.

The record high for March 15 is 61 degrees set in 2007. The record low is 28, set in 2005.

This Day in Weather History:

1941 - The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota. The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many were traveling and claimed 71 lives. Winds gusted to 75 mph at Duluth, Minn., and reached 85 mph at Grand Forks, N.D. Snow drifts 12 feet high were reported in north-central Minnesota. The cold front traveling 30 mph crossed Minnesota in just seven hours.

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

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