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Long Island weather: Cold but rain coming, not snow

Zachary Gu, 3, sleds with his mom Cristy

Zachary Gu, 3, sleds with his mom Cristy Gu of Roslyn in Roslyn's Christopher Morley Park on Saturday. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Expect a cold Sunday with clouds coming in at night, as rain, instead of snow, is likely on Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures will be a high near 35 degrees Sunday, but the wind chill will feel as if it’s 10 to 20 as a northwest wind blows at 7 to 10 mph, the weather service said Saturday.

On Monday, the rain will arrive after 11 a.m., forecasters said.

And then, in a break from a recent pattern of almost back-to-back storms, no snow or rain is predicted as far as out as Friday — at least right now.

All this comes as Saturday brought a high of 35 degrees, though the wind chill made it feel like 15 to 25. Flurries were isolated in parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties.

For Monday on Long Island, the weather service said the daytime high should be near 40 degrees.

"With a strong southerly flow ahead of the front, temperatures will quickly rise into the upper 30s for much of the area by the time a bulk of the precipitation moves through," the service said. "As a result, much of the precipitation will actually be in the form of a cold steady rain."

Only about a quarter to a half an inch of rain is anticipated.

The Tuesday to Thursday stretch should offer at least partly sunny days with highs in the balmy low to mid-40s, the weather service said.

That is unusually warm for February when temperatures typically range from a high of 40.3 degrees to a low of 25.2, with a mean of 32.8, according to weather service records for Islip that started in 1963.

Highs are expected to dip into the upper 30s on Friday, which should be partly sunny.

And for anyone wondering where the most snow fell over the past two days on Long Island, Deer Park in Suffolk was tops with 7½ inches reported to the weather service. In Nassau, the most snow fell in Syosset, where 6½ inches was reported.

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