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LI forecast: Chilly weather for last day of winter

Steve Rose of Great River goes for a

Steve Rose of Great River goes for a stroll with his dogs, Roxy, left, and Quinton, along River Road in Great River on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Credit: James Carbone

It won’t feel too much like spring on Long Island Sunday as this March’s very chilly weather continues.

But at least the 2 or more inches of snow predicted for Saturday night into Sunday didn’t materialize and some sun will break through the clouds as the day goes on.

“We still have temperatures a little below average, but spring starts tomorrow [Monday],” an optimistic News 12 meteorologist Matt Hammer said. “We’re missing a storm offshore so everything is great. We could have had snow today.”

Hammer said snow showers were 90 miles off Montauk Point Sunday, so they’re “really not a problem for Long Island.”

Jay Engle, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Upton, said the storm — an upper level disturbance coming out of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes — developed too far to the east to reach Long Island.

Hammer said temperatures around the Island will be in the low to mid-40s on Sunday “but it does feel a bit chillier than that with winds gusting from 10 to 20 miles an hour.” The normal high for March 19 at Islip is 48 and the normal low 32.

Mostly cloudy skies Sunday morning give way to breaks of sunshine in the afternoon.

Sunday night will be mostly clear and cold, with lows around 29 degrees, dropping to the low to mid-20s in and around the pine barrens.

Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Monday, bringing with it mostly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures with highs near 46 degrees. Overnight, look for lows near 33.

Mostly cloudy skies are in the forecast for early Tuesday before a switch-over to a mix of sun and clouds later in the day. Highs will be near 50 degrees and lows around 29.

Wednesday will be mainly sunny, but the cold returns with highs only near 36 degrees and lows at night plunging to about 20.

The cold air moves into Thursday, but it will be sunny with highs near an unseasonable 37 and lows around 26.

Mostly cloudy skies return for the end of the week on Friday, when there’s a chance for some spotty drizzle, but highs warm up again to near 44 with lows around 40.

When will springlike conditions finally get here?

“We’ll have some hints of it as we get toward the end of this month,” Engle said.


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