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LI forecast: Warming trend, then a chance of snow

Long Island's deep freeze is over for now,

Long Island's deep freeze is over for now, with warmer temperatures anticipated for the next few days, but messy freezing rain and even snow are possible, the National Weather Service said. (Jan. 9, 2014) Credit: Weather Underground

Long Island's deep freeze is over for now, as warmer temperatures are forecast the next few days, with heavy rain and even a dusting of snow possible, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Friday brings the potential for scattered snow turning to rain during the morning commute, followed by scattered light rain and overcast skies, forecasters said.

There's a 20 percent chance of light snow changing to rain, increasing to 40 percent by midmorning, said Lauren Nash, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

High temperatures Friday will be in the low 40s, and the mid- to upper 50s Saturday. Rain is forecast for tomorrow.Saturday also calls for an increased south wind of up to about 20 mph and the potential for gusts close to 40 mph, said David Stark, also a meteorologist in Upton.

Saturday's rain, with possible moderate to heavy pockets, combined with the thawing of frozen ground, could create "urban and poor drainage flooding," the service said.

By noon Sunday, the rain subsides, and temperatures are expected to reach the mid-40s.

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