Long Islanders will need both umbrellas and heavy winter coats this week because rain is expected to turn to snow midweek, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service.
About 1.3 inches of rain had accumulated at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip by 8 p.m. Monday. About another inch was expected to fall on Long Island Tuesday, forecasters said.
Tuesday's high, much like Monday, is expected to at least hit the mid-50s. However, temperatures will substantially dip come Tuesday night, falling to about 32 degrees. Snow is expected to begin falling Wednesday about 6 a.m. and will continue through the early afternoon. Between 2 and 3 inches is expected Wednesday, forecasters said.
"Rain should redevelop during Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night as a cold front approaches from the west. Colder air will begin to move in during Tuesday night, and the rain will mix with and change to snow from west to east later Tuesday night into Wednesday morning," a weather service advisory said.
Wednesday's highs are expected to hit the mid-30s, while the low should be about mid-20s, weather experts said. Similar temperatures are expected Thursday, but unlike the beginning of the week, no precipitation of any sort is expected Thursday when sunny skies are expected to return.
Highs are expected only in the lower 30s on Thursday.