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Forecast: No white Christmas this year, but moderate temperatures, sunny skies

Greg McIlwee, of Patchogue, goes for a walk

Greg McIlwee, of Patchogue, goes for a walk with his dog Mac near the still waters at the Mascot Dock on Monday. Credit: James Carbone

Long Islanders dreaming of a white Christmas better turn to Bing Crosby's holiday classic because sunny skies and moderate temperatures are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

"Seasonable weather" on Long Island will bring highs in the low 40s on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, said Nelson Vaz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The pleasant temperatures mean Long Islanders will have an easier time traveling from one holiday party to the next, Vaz said Monday night.

“Overall, the next few days will be quiet, seasonable and dry," he said. "It’s excellent for travel and not too bad for this time of year.”

That will be the case until Thursday night, when the weather service said a chance of rain and light snow is possible. There is also a chance of snow and rain on Friday before 10 a.m., with rain to follow. But, the chance is only about 30%, forecasters said.

The weekend is expected to bring mild temperatures along with a moderate chance of rain because of a slow-moving funnel system, forecasters said.

High temperatures are predicted in the mid-40s both Saturday and Sunday. There is about a 50% chance of rain beginning Saturday night and lasting through Sunday night, weather experts said.

Meanwhile, a small craft advisory was issued for South Shore waters overnight Monday into Tuesday morning at 4 a.m. from Moriches Inlet east to Montauk Point.

"Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in hazardous conditions," the advisory warned. 

Winds of 10-20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots — or, roughly, 11.5-23 mph, with gusts nearing 30 mph — are expected, along with seas of 3-5 feet, the weather service said.

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