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Clear and cold with a chance of weekend snow

Crystal Nix, left, and Destiny Golden brave the

Crystal Nix, left, and Destiny Golden brave the cold while sitting on bleachers as they wait for the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2013) Credit: AP

The cold front that pushed out a coastal storm system and made for a dry, sunny Thanksgiving Day could leave behind a trace of snow before it's gone, the National Weather Service said.

A brisk northwest wind of 16 to 21 mph subsided Thursday leaving a sunny Thanksgiving Day sky with parade balloons flying in midtown and highs on Long Island in the mid-30s, the Upton-based service said.

Most of the extended Thanksgiving weekend should feature similar weather, with clear days in the mid- to high 30s and nighttime lows in the mid-20s.

A small area of low pressure could bring light snow when it moves in late Saturday, said Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the service. "Right now, it's a small chance, 20 to 30 percent, for snow and then switching over to rain Sunday," Picca said. "It doesn't look like too big of a deal."

If there is precipitation Sunday, it will turn to all rain after 9 a.m., the service said.

Temperatures should warm considerably Sunday, with daily highs near 50 and nighttime lows in the mid 30s.

The recent rainfall does improve on the abnormally dry conditions this year on Long Island, which has been classified as an area in moderate drought by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The center based in Lincoln, Neb., issues weekly reports used by government agencies.

A weather service spokesman said the recent rainfall obviously helps mitigate the dry conditions but could not be more specific.

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