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Wintry mix ends this morning on LI, conditions to improve

Other then some leftover freezing drizzle and sleet in the early-morning hours, Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of drizzle in the afternoon.

Long Island experienced some strange weather Wednesday, with snow flurries changing over to sleet, also accompanied by some violent thunder and lightning in the late evening.

Things will begin to dry out on Thursday, preceding a dry and sunny -- albeit chilly -- weekend ahead. Highs will max out in the low- to mid-40s, dipping into the mid- to upper-20s for a chilly Thursday night.

Sunshine returns for Friday and the weekend.

Record highs and lows for March 24:

* 68 (1987), 25 (1997) at Kennedy
* 67 (2000), 22 (1997) at MacArthur
* 54 (2003), 24 (1997) at Republic
* 52 (2003), 18 (2008) at Gabreski

This Day in Weather History:

1989 - Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the mid-Atlantic Coast states, and heavy snow to the northern Appalachian Mountains. Cape Hatteras, N.C., was soaked with 5.2 inches of rain in 24 hours, and snowfall totals in Vermont ranged up to 12 inches. Winds gusted to 52 mph in New York City.

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

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