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Forecast: Chilly weather to persist through week

Ahmed Ghaddfi scraps ice off the windshield of

Ahmed Ghaddfi scraps ice off the windshield of his car in front of his home at the Island View Apartments Wednesday morning, April 16, 2014, in Farmingville. Credit: James Carbone

Spring snow greeted commuters in the wee hours Wednesday, but the most trouble Long Islanders might have encountered was clearing an icy coating from their windshields.

Ashley Sears, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Upton office, said only trace amounts of accumulations were recorded across most of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Around 2 a.m. there was a transition from heavy rain to a mix of sleet and snow, Sears said.

"We had reports of measurable amounts of snow west of the city," she said. Once east of the city, whatever accumulated mostly was the icy coating on vehicles.

Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma recorded a low of 32 degrees at 5:56 a.m. and again at 7:08 a.m., the service said, matching a daily record low set in 1997 and 2008.

A freeze warning was in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Sears said a cold front pushed through the area early Wednesday, leaving behind a shard of "really cold air that will hold on" and provide below-normal temperatures for most of Wednesday.

It's also expected to be colder than normal overnight into Thursday morning. The service has issued a freeze warning from 2 to 10 a.m. Thursday, meaning "below freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation."

Highs Wednesday are expected to be in the mid to high 40s, about 10 to 15 degrees below normal, she said. Skies should be sunny, but possible wind gusts from the north could exceed 30 mph, the service said.

The rest of the week is looking to be chilly, as well, with Sunday the first day to hit a normal level of around 58 degrees.

With Patricia Kitchen

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