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NWS: Slippery Monday evening commute, but temps rising

A cold snap might finally end as temps

A cold snap might finally end as temps are expected to reach or hover near freezing on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, forecasters said. Credit: News 12 Long Island

A mix of freezing rain and snow that made for slippery travel Monday night likely will vanish by the Tuesday morning commute, forecasters said, as temperatures moderate in the region.

The arctic air that clung to Long Island for 13 straight days departed Sunday night but left in its wake a rain-and-snow combo that Monday lows made into a flash freeze on the roadways.

But that light glaze won’t last, forecasters said.

“Temperatures are going to go above freezing pretty fast Tuesday morning,” said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton. “By 8 a.m., we’ll have temperatures around 33 or 34 degrees.”

Buccola added that any roadway that isn’t treated with salt or sand may still be slippery, but for the most part, the roads will be clear for driving.

Temperatures in the coming days will continue an upward trend, the weather service said, with Tuesday looking at sunny skies and highs of around 40 degrees, and around 50 degrees predicted for the end of the workweek.

The cold spell that ushered out 2017 and introduced 2018 saved the coldest of the cold for this past weekend, with Sunday delivering a low of 2 degrees at Long Island MacArthur Airport, breaking the Jan. 7 record of 6, set in 1968. The weather service’s Upton office on Sunday morning recorded zero degrees.

On Monday, the temperature reached 32 degrees on Long Island around noontime, and it got warmer and warmer as the day went on.

With Patricia Kitchen and Lisa Irizarry

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