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Long Island forecast: Sunny and breezy, then storms

Boxing Day is expected to be sunny and breezy before storms move across Long Island later in the week, forecasters said.

Wednesday should bring highs near 40 degrees, with increasing clouds and colder temperatures on Thursday, with lows near 34 degrees, according to News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman.

But after a sunny holiday, two storms are on the way by the end of the week.

One, on Friday, is expected to bring rain, heavy at times, with gusts of 25 to 40 mph and temperatures as high as 55 degrees. Saturday will be mild.

The second storm, on Sunday, “could be snowy,” Hoffman said, bringing as much as a few inches of accumulation and lows near 26 degrees.

New Year’s Eve, on Monday, will be cold, with highs near 37 degrees, and 2019 will start with a “wintry mix developing” and highs near 40 degrees.

Normal maximum temperatures for this week are in the low 40s or high 30s and normal minimums are in the mid-20s, according to National Weather Service historical data recorded at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip.

As for Christmas not being white, we're not alone this year. Just 4 percent of Christmas Days have had measurable snowfall at MacArthur, records show.

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