After a winter storm dumped 7 inches of snow on many areas on Thursday, Long Islanders are getting some relief: There's no precipitation in the forecast for the next week.
And after days of snow, rain and sleet, a beautiful weekend is on tap, the National Weather Service said. Highs will creep into the lower 40s on Sunday and Monday, and could reach the mid- to upper-40s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
"This may indeed be winter's last real blast, because after a very cold Friday and Saturday, our weather will improve nicely next week," said News 12 Long Island meteorologist Bill Korbel. "Generally, fair skies with slowly rising temperatures are on tap for next week. Highs will be in the 40s starting Sunday and could approach 50 by Wednesday and Thursday."
The snow pummeled the Island throughout the day on Thursday, falling in fits and starts. It finally stopped around 7 p.m., and by late afternoon many spots in Nassau and Suffolk recorded 7 inches of snowfall. The storm caused some delays on the Long Island Rail Road and on the Island's major roadways during the evening commute Thursday, though no major accidents were reported.
Long Island MacArthur Airport saw 5.5 inches by 4 p.m., making a season-long total of 55.8 inches since July 1, said Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the Upton-based weather service. It may sound like a lot to winter-weary Long Islanders, but Pollina said that amount is "right in line with what we've been seeing in the last seven or eight years, except for one year."
Last winter, the airport got 63.7 inches of snow, Pollina said.
As of 7 p.m., 8.3 inches had fallen in Carle Place, the highest snow total for Nassau. And in Suffolk, Melville and East Northport each got the most snow at 9 inches. The lowest snow totals recorded in Suffolk and Nassau were 5.3 inches in Dix Hills and 6.1 inches in Merrick.
With Gary Dymski