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Icy cold weather to last through Saturday, but Sunday brings warmer temperatures

A school crossing guard stands in the cold

A school crossing guard stands in the cold in Babylon, NY, March 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Ed Betz

A couple more icy cold winter days are ahead for Long Island. So what else is new, right?

But that also means a couple of steps closer to more "normal" temperatures for this time of year, said Brian Ciemnecki, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Upton office.

"We've been below normal now for so long," Ciemnecki said Friday morning, after a 12-hour snowfall a day earlier dropped 8 to 9 inches on Nassau and Suffolk counties. "Part of it probably is that the days are just getting longer and there's more sunshine.

"But, really, it's just getting to be where we're supposed to be for this time of the year."

So, by Sunday, begins a parade of days with clear and sunny skies and daytime temperatures in the low to mid 40s, Ciemnecki said.

And that sounds downright tropical after the past six to eight weeks, including Thursday's snowfall, which ran from about 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A half-dozen communities in Nassau County saw 8 inches or more, according to the weather service, including New Hyde Park with 8.6 inches, Carle Place, 8.3, Albertson, 8.2, Bellerose, 8.1, and North Merrick, Levittown and Rockville Centre with 8 inches apiece.

In Suffolk County, Melville and East Northport had the highest reported totals, each with 9 inches, and 8.8 was reported in North Babylon. At least three other communities also had snowfall totals of 8 inches or more.

Friday's forecast is sunny and cold, with daytime highs in the low to mid 20s and a mild northwest wind from 7 to 10 mph.

The service reported a morning low of 12 degrees after 5 a.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, matching a daily record low set in 2007.

Although Friday and Saturday will again be cold, as a passing burst of Arctic air moves through the area, the warmer temperatures arrive by Sunday, thanks to settling high pressure, the service said.

Saturday morning could threaten the daily record low of 9 in 2003. But as the day moves on, it warms considerably, with daytime highs in the low to mid 30s.

By Sunday, the warming trend begins, with daytime highs in the low 40s; Monday highs are in the mid 40s, and Tuesday calls for daytime highs near 50.

Ciemnecki said those temperatures are more in line with the season; in early March, the average mean temperatures range from the high 30s to the low 40s, according to service research.

"After what we've had for a lot of this winter, those temperatures will feel pretty good," he said.

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