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Long Island weather: Monday morning, evening commutes to be wet

From left, Daniel Creegan and his girlfriend, Danielle

From left, Daniel Creegan and his girlfriend, Danielle Cohen, of Farmingdale, and Skylar Fazio and her boyfriend, Patrick Burkey, of Westbury try to stay warm with hot beverages in Uniondale on Sunday. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Rain, snow and a wintry mix are all expected on Long Island on Monday, potentially snarling part of the commute.

The morning and evening commutes will both be wet, but the drive home in the evening could be more difficult as rain turns into snow around early to midafternoon, the National Weather Service forecast shows. 

Snow could fall at a rate of 1 inch an hour from Monday afternoon to night, according to the National Weather Service. Difficult travel is expected during that time, as are scattered tree limbs and power outages. Precipitation is expected to be all snow by 11 p.m. and last through Tuesday morning. 

Up to 3 inches of snow could fall in New York City and western Nassau by Tuesday, weather service meteorologist Dave Radell said. The Twin Forks area could see less than an inch. The areas in between will see 1 to 2 inches. 

There are also chances through Monday of gale winds in all waters and coastal flooding for Suffolk’s South Shore areas during high tides.

The Long Island Rail Road is advising riders to allow extra travel time and use caution when walking on station platforms. The LIRR is planning to run normal service and will have staff prepositioned throughout the system for snow removal and de-icing operations.

The Port Authority will have "additional personnel and equipment on hand" at airports, tunnels, bridges, the Port Authority Bus Terminal and PATH stations from Sunday through Tuesday, spokeswoman Lenis Rodrigues said.

The topsy-turvy weather began on Sunday, one of the busiest travel days of the year as people returned home from the Thanksgiving holiday. Snow, sleet and rain created small delays at local airports and left roads slushy Sunday afternoon. But rain and warming temperatures were expected to prevent the roads from freezing overnight Sunday.

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