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Long Island weather: Dry start to long holiday weekend

Looks like Long Island is in for a long holiday weekend that starts out dry, forecasters say, with daytime temperatures rising to around 40 degrees or so. Chances of light snow enter the picture overnight Sunday into Monday.

Saturday is expected to see primarily sunshine, with skies starting to cloud up on Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

If the Friday afternoon forecast holds, a weak wave of low pressure will be delivering some light snow starting Sunday evening, lasting through early Monday, which is Presidents Day, with potential to bring an inch or two of snow, said Carlie Buccola, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist  Rich Von Ohlen says to look for “a little shot of a little bit of wet snow” with a bit of rain mixed in – just “a slushy coating to an inch.”

The next chance for precipitation, wintry in nature, comes midweek and bears some resemblance at this point to the light snow-to-sleet-to-rain event earlier this week.

Chances of snow are in the forecast for Wednesday, with a wintry mix at night, then a switch to rain Thursday, Buccola said.

However, with this system still five days out, the door is open for plenty of shifting around, with Buccola pointing to the usual variables of track, timing and precipitation type.


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