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Long Island weather: Cold’s coming, with chance of snow

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 is set to bring

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 is set to bring some cloudy skies as temperatures may rise to the mid-50s, forecasters say. Credit: News 12 Long Island

After dipping temperatures and strengthening wind gusts Wednesday night, Thursday brings highs around the mid-30s, feeling colder thanks to the added chill from windy conditions, forecasters said.

Some light snow is also in the works, with a chance of its starting as early as Thursday evening, but with the real impact on the Friday morning commute, said Carlie Buccola, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

The forecast is for widespread light snow — most likely an inch or two for Long Island, she said, but the heaviest is expected to come in the 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday range.

That means messy morning driving with some decreased visibility, she said. Precipitation should clear the area by Friday afternoon.

Highs for the day are expected in the mid-30s, with Saturday reaching around 30 degrees, and the upper 20s for Sunday, the weather service said.

That’s below normal for this time of year, which is 39 degrees at Long Island MacArthur Airport, Buccola said.

Forecasters also are watching prospects for the track of a system for Saturday, with specifics as to any possible impact yet to come into focus.

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