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Forecast: Slushy snow mix hits LI Tuesday into Wednesday

Meteorologist Bill Korbel says Long Island will see

Meteorologist Bill Korbel says Long Island will see snow early on tomorrow, which will change over to rain and could mix to sleet as temperatures begin to drop on Tuesday. Credit: Newsday

Tuesday will bring a nuisance storm to Long Island — a slushy mix of snow and sleet with warmer temperatures fending off a heavier blanket of the white stuff, forecasters said.

A low pressure system will bring first light snow, and as the day goes on, a combination of sleet, freezing rain and eventually plain rain for eastern Long Island, according to the National Weather Service, that could linger through Wednesday morning.

The coming storm produced a lot of snow out west in Nebraska but as it passes south of Long Island on Tuesday it will lose strength, sparing the region its full brunt, former News12 chief meteorologist Bill Korbel said Monday afternoon.

"It's just too weak for one, and two the air temperature is going to be a little bit too warm to do much, and that's in part because the ocean temperature is still warm," Korbel said.

The storm could start to move in around 7 a.m. Tuesday on western Long Island and get to the East End by late morning to noon time, Korbel said. He expects snow will be coming down through most of the afternoon but with little accumulation.

"Temperatures above freezing should help a lot with this and keep the problems down," Korbel said.

Accumulations are expected to be under an inch around the island, with the North Shore, especially northwestern Suffolk getting a couple of inches. The South Fork may not see anything, Korbel said.

Tuesday night rain and sleet will mix in with the snow and diminish accumulations, thanks to rising temperatures, but bring slippery travel.

"All of this will taper off into a few rain showers or snow showers early on Wednesday," Korbel said.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said the county has 21,000 tons of salt ready to coat the roads should storms this week hit hard.

As of Monday at 11 a.m. she said there would probably be a maximum of 3 inches into Wednesday morning.

"We are of course monitoring the path of this as we do all the time," Curran said at her daily briefing. "We’ll keep you apprised if anything changes."

Korbel said Long Islanders should prepare for colder temperatures for the end of the week as another storm passes us Thursday but with no snow impact.

Daytime temperatures dip into the 20s Friday, with lows falling into the teens Friday night into Saturday, the weather service said.

With Candice Ferrette

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