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Long Island weather: Cold again Thursday into Friday

Is it spring yet? No. Wednesday's bitter wind chills will be followed by lows in the midteens over the next two days.

William McSweeney of Sayville feeds seagulls on a

William McSweeney of Sayville feeds seagulls on a cold Wednesday at the Sayville Marina Park. Photo Credit: LiHotShots/LiHotShots

How do gusty winds and 15 degrees or so below normal strike you?

That’s what Long Island faced Wednesday with a polar air mass in place, leading temperatures to top out in the upper 20s later in the day, forecasters said. And thanks to winds gusting up to 29 mph, it felt more like the teens. Normal for this time of year? A high of 44 degrees and a low of 28.

 Around 2 p.m., Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma had reached 26 degrees, but it felt like 13, thanks to the wind chill. Four hours earlier, at 10 a.m., it was 23 degrees and felt like 10. 

Snow flurries were seen in some places Wednesday afternoon after the day started out mostly sunny. 

"We’re not done with winter yet,” said Rich Von Ohlen, News 12 meteorologist. You’ll need a heavy jacket Wednesday night, and “the hat, the gloves, the whole thing,” heading out Thursday morning.

That's as the low early Thursday was expected in the midteens. Those gusty winds will be around through Thursday, keeping wind chill in the picture, the National Weather Service said, as temperatures rise into the low 30s.  Keep an eye out for afternoon flurries and snow showers.

Friday morning is expected to see a low in the midteens before  a rise into the mid-30s, with chances of snow overnight into early Saturday.

Daytime temperatures Saturday are expected to come in around normal, the mid-40s.

Look for decent weather Saturday for those St. Patrick’s Day parades, Von Ohlen said. And don't forget to “spring ahead” an hour as of 2 a.m. Sunday, for daylight saving time.

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