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Long Island forecast: Beware icy roads on cold, blustery day

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman has a look at the forecast on Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017. The morning is expected to bring isolated snow flurries, followed up by scattered snow showers starting in the early afternoon, with roadways and walkways to be affected by snow and slush refreezing after Tuesday's storm. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Scattered snow showers have been in the picture Wednesday afternoon for some areas of Long Island, with the chance remaining through early evening, forecasters said.

Any accumulation would be minimal, said Joe Pollina, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.

But with main roads fairly clear, concern remains for icy secondary roads as commuters head home in the evening, he said.

The National Weather Service urged Long Islanders to be extra cautious “while out and about” Wednesday as untreated surfaces will be “very slippery” thanks to below-freezing temperatures after the nor’easter.

Be especially aware of black ice and frozen slush, forecasters said.

“All of Long Island needs to watch for some icy spots,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

At just before 3 p.m., the temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport was 27 degrees, feeling more like 13 with the wind chill, according to the weather service’s site. Winds were from the west at 20 mph, gusting to 28 mph.

Temperatures will be heading down overnight, likely hitting an expected low in the upper teens just before daybreak Thursday.

Look for blustery conditions overnight and through the day Thursday, which warms up to the lower 30s, but again, feeling much colder with wind chill.

As for Wednesday, at least one morning car accident may have been related to the weather, Suffolk County police said.

Police responded at about 8:15 a.m. to an overturned vehicle on Smithtown Avenue near Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Police did not immediately know if there were injuries. The Town of Islip was advised to put sand on the roadway.

On Tuesday night, icy roads were believed to be a contributing factor in a one-car crash Tuesday night on the Shirley-Mastic Beach border that left a 26-year-old Shirley woman seriously injured, police said.

All this comes on the heels of Tuesday’s nor’easter that fell short of expectations but still delivered up to 4½ inches of snow in some spots, gusts over 60 mph, as well as plenty of rain and sleet.

While the storm may not have hit the mark blizzard-wise, it did see two records at MacArthur Airport.

Snowfall of 3.4 inches surpassed the previous daily record of 2 inches set in 1999, the weather service said. And 1.92 inches of precipitation, that would be rain and melted snow/sleet, bested the earlier record of 1.39 inches set in 1986.

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