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Long Island weather: Sunny, chilly Tuesday before more snow

Meterologists have issued a winter weather advisory for Long Island as the region is expected to get 1 to 2 inches of snowfall Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning. 

The advisory begins at noon for Nassau County and 3 p.m. for Suffolk. Forecasters said Long Islanders will start to see snow Wednesday afternoon during the evening commute. Snow is likely to fall at up to half an inch per hour, forecasters said.  It will then morph into a wintry mix of snow and freezing rain between 7 and 8 p.m.

Wednesday morning temperatures are expected to be in the upper teens and low 20s. As for the upcoming snow, its setup is “less than ideal” for “significant winter weather,” though cold temperatures e will allow for snow at the get-go, the National Weather Service said.

The freezing rain will create a glaze of ice on roads that haven't been plowed and salted, forecasters said.

“Rain wins again,” is how News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman put it on his Instagram account. 

Nassau County road maintenance crews will spread salt and deploy snowplows ahead of the evening commute, officials said. Crews could also be out on the roads Thursday as well. 

The National Weather Service was forecasting 1 to 2 inches of snow for Nassau County and less than an inch for the rest of the Island. Freezing rain is not expected to be much of an issue for the Island, said Jay Engle, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

The Wednesday evening commute? Look for slick, snowy, slippery conditions, he said, with rain for the Thursday morning trek to work.

Morning clouds will give way to sunshine and warmth in the afternoon, with highs in the low 50s.

"You'll be able to go outside and enjoy it," Hoffman said.


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