The tail end of a nor'easter continued its slow move across Long Island on Wednesday, bringing a rain-snow mix that could stop in the early morning hours but resume Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
There will be "some light snow across parts of Long Island the next couple hours, that should taper off after midnight, become more scattered and may even stop altogether," said Bill Goodman, National Weather Service meteorologist at Upton, New York.
As temperatures across most of the Island are at or below freezing, the snow is bringing "light accumulations, no more than a coating," but "might be creating some slippery spots," he said.
The Island was hit and will be likely be hit again by bands of snow from the nor'easter that is spinning over New England, he said.
Temperatures should reach the high 30s Thursday, he said.
By midafternoon Wednesday, snow had started to replace or mix in with rain showers in some areas, the weather service said.
John Murray, also a meteorologist in Upton, said the tail end of the nor'easter, which dropped up to 3 inches of rain over several parts of Nassau and up to 2.75 inches in portions of Suffolk starting Tuesday, will hang around through the rest of the week, with precipitation and breezy conditions.
West winds will blow in the 16-mph range over the next several days, with gusts up to the high 20s, the service said.
IWhile Long Island will get more precipitation through Friday, any significant snow generated from the system over the next 72 hours is expected to fall north and west of New York City, he said.
"This nor'easter does stand out, because lots of systems pull away out to sea and into the Canadian Maritimes," he said. "This one is still lingering and will keep the weather somewhat unsettled into Wednesday night and even Thursday."
The chance of a rain-snow mix for Friday remains in the picture, Murray said, which could adversely affect the morning commute.
Again, accumulation is unlikely, but road conditions could be messy.
By Friday afternoon, the low pressure moves out and is replaced by a buildup of high pressure that generates sunny skies and daytime highs in the mid 40s for Saturday and Sunday, the service said.