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Freeze warning -- maybe even snow -- in Long Island forecast

An umbrella was of little help to one

An umbrella was of little help to one woman walking outside federal court in Central Islip as strong winds and rain swept across Long Island on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Credit: Ed Betz

A freeze warning is in effect Wednesday morning on Long Island -- and there's even a chance of some spring snow overnight, forecasters said.

Expect rain showers until after midnight, with a possibility of a mixture of rain and snow showers before 2 a.m., then a chance of snow showers after 2 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

"Little or no snow accumulation" is expected, the weather service said.

The low will be around 30 degrees and it will be blustery, with a northwest wind up to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph, forecasters said.

With temperatures forecast to plunge, a freeze warning is in effect from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, telling that "sensitive plants may be damaged or killed."

Descending temperatures could also mean tying or breaking the record low for Wednesday -- 32 degrees set in 2008.

As of early afternoon, some spots were seeing moderate to occasional heavy rainfall, weather service meteorologist Tim Morrin said, with the weather service reporting wind gusts from 45 mph and 50 mph.

Because of the windy weather, arriving flights at LaGuardia Airport were facing average delays of about 1 3/4 hours, and at Kennedy, close to 4 hours, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Weather was also affecting some departing flights. Travelers were advised to check with their airlines about specific flight delays.

For drivers all this means restricted visibility from falling and blowing rain, with ponding on roadways adding to the potential for splash overs from other vehicles into the mix, he said.

The forecast for Wednesday is sunny, but cool, with a high around 47 degrees, which is 10 to 12 degrees below normal. Winds are expected to persist, with possible gusts up to 41 mph, Morrin said.

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

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