With light rain already in the picture, Long Islanders are facing a wet evening commute Friday, as a steadier batch of precipitation was starting to arrive, forecasters say.
Look for periods of rain into the overnight hours, not expected to be heavy, said Jim Connolly, National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton.
There had been earlier reports of sleet or ice pellets in areas including Valley Stream, Babylon, Glen Head, Melville and Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma.
With winds shifting, the “opportunity is waning quickly” for any further frozen precip emanating from the much colder layer of air well above ground level, Tim Morrin, also a meteorologist in Upton, said early afternoon.
Still, Connolly said an “isolated sleet pellet” couldn’t be ruled out.”
Around 3 p.m., the airport was reporting light rain and a temperature of 38 degrees. Earlier in the morning and afternoon, temperatures had reached the low 40s, still well below the normal high for the day, which is 54 degrees.
“After nearly steady or slowly rising temperatures tonight, highs on Saturday will rebound,” the weather service said, with the low 60s expected for Long Island.
Sunday was looking at the upper 50s, with both weekend days featuring mostly sunny skies.
The workweek starts with a rainy Monday, as temperatures were expected to rise to the mid-50s.