A man rides his bicycle at Heckscher State Park in...

A man rides his bicycle at Heckscher State Park in East Islip on a foggy Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Gusty winds are expected on Thursday. Credit: James Carbone

Want to talk about March coming in like a lion?

Try wind gusts of 40 mph to 50 mph for starters.

A wind advisory was issued by the Upton-based National Weather Service, which will last for much of Thursday.

Specifically, Long Islanders can expect the high winds to start at about 1 a.m. and last until 6 p.m., said Carlie Buccola, an NWS meteorologist.

“It’s going to get really windy,” Buccola said. “Thursday is going to be windy and much cooler, but dry.”

The high should be around 47 degrees.

But Friday brings the possibility of snow, according to Rich Hoffman, a News 12 meteorologist.

There is a “chance of light snow” by Friday morning, Hoffman said, with “light snow mixing with a little rain through early afternoon.” Accumulation should be minor, he said, with a possible coating to an inch.

And whatever precipitation develops, the morning rush hour should be spared.

The National Weather Service only sees a 50 percent chance of light snow after 10 a.m.

Though the thermometer could hit a high of 38 degrees, wind chills could lower how it feels to 20 to 25 degrees, the NWS said.

Winter just might not be ready to let go. Friday night could be partly cloudy, while the temperature could drop to 17 degrees, the NWS said.

The weekend should help make up for the cold snap. Both days are expected to be sunny, with a high Saturday of 34 and 41 on Sunday with lighter winds.

And by the way: Welcome to the first day of meteorological spring, which for weather aficionados runs from March 1 through the end of May.

For the rest of us, astronomical spring begins March 20, coinciding with the vernal equinox.

With Patricia Kitchen