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Possible 1 to 3 inches of snow on Long Island -- on first official day of spring, forecasters say

Friday may be the first official day of spring, but it's expected to look more like winter, with a possible 1 to 3 inches of snow for Long Island, forecasters say.

Snow is expected to start possibly around lunchtime Friday, with the chance of a mix with rain in the evening, said Jay Engle, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton. There's still uncertainty, he said, as to timing and track, which can impact precipitation type and amounts.

Indeed, such "late season events can throw a lot of complicating factors into the mix, and this is no exception," the weather service said in its forecast discussion.

As for Wednesday, a wind advisory remains in effect for eastern Long Island, according to the National Weather Service.

Northwest winds blowing from 25 to 35 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph, "may be strong enough to bring down some tree branches or wires . . . possibly causing isolated power outages," the weather service said.

The advisory was in effect until 8 p.m. east of the William Floyd Parkway.

On Wednesday night, the forecast is for clear and cold conditions, with northwest winds subsiding to from 5 mph to 15 mph, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.

Overnight lows are expected in the low to mid-20s.

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