It looks like Friday we will get to enjoy a pleasant springlike day on Long Island before a mix of late winter weather Saturday reminds us it's not time for tulips and daffodils quite yet.
The National Weather Service says once patchy fog clears by about 7 a.m. Friday, skies should be mostly sunny and the high temperature should be near 47 degrees, which would be one degree above normal for the date in Islip.
Friday afternoon a 5 to 8 mph wind will blow out of the south.
But Friday night into Saturday, rain is likely, mainly after 2 a.m. as the chance of precipitation is 70%, according to the weather service. The temperature is expected to be about 41 degrees.
"Low pressure will approach from the southwest Friday night, rapidly intensifying as it tracks just east of Long Island by midday Saturday, and into the Canadian Maritimes Saturday night," a weather service forecast said late Thursday afternoon.
The late winter storm could bring a bit of almost everything Saturday. The weather service forecasts rain before 5 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow. The temperature is expected to rise to about 50 degrees by 10 a.m. then fall to around 39 degrees during the rest of the day. It's is expected to be breezy with an east wind of 7 to 12 mph becoming northwest at 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon with gusts as high as 41 mph.
"A wind advisory may need to be issued for late day Saturday into Saturday night," the weather service said
The chance of precipitation Saturday is 100% but snow accumulation is expected to be less than a half-inch.
Mostly sunny skies are expected to return Sunday when the high temperature will be about 38 degrees.
The weather service's forecast for first few days of the next workweek is encouraging: sunny on Monday, mostly sunny on Tuesday and Wednesday and partly sunny on Thursday. High temperatures during those days are predicted to range from the high 40s to low 50s.