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Long Island weather: Chilly, windy start to the weekend

Come and gone — that is the fate of the midmorning snowflakes spotted on Long Island Friday.

"You're not going to see any accumulation," David Stark, an Islip-based National Weather Service meteorologist, said. "There's just some moisture lingering in the atmosphere that's presented itself here. With the colder air we now have at the ground...what you're seeing is just flurries from that moisture." 

Friday's cold is nothing to scoff at, however. The high temperature is expected to be near 39 degrees, but the wind chill will make it feel like it is in the 20s, the weather service said.

Friday also will be breezy, with northwest gusts that could reach 34 mph.

The end of the workweek and on through Monday will be at least partly sunny though unseasonably cold, forecasters said.

"Temperatures tonight will fall into the teens in many of the colder outlying areas, with the rest of the region dropping into the 20s," the weather service said.

The mean temperature for the month is a balmy 45.1, so winter is flexing its muscles well ahead of schedule.

"Saturday will remain dry and mostly sunny," the weather service said. "Temperatures will remain several degrees below average."

Saturday's high should reach 42 degrees, though the nighttime wind chill ranges from 20 to 30 degrees.

Sunday will be a much warmer 53 degrees, and Veterans Day on Monday should also be sunny and a degree warmer.

Rain could return on Tuesday afternoon — the odds are 60 percent, the weather service said.

Tuesday night, there is a chance of snow between 9 p.m. and midnight, the weather service said.

But the sun returns for Wednesday and Thursday, while the thermometer during the day should hover in the low 40s to upper 30s. 

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