Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone discusses the county's preparations for the cold weather and expected snowfall. Credit: Newsday / Barry Sloan/Barry Sloan

The first snow of 2022 for Long Island turned out to be a bust, with all but the slightest trace of accumulation, which melted on contact, seen on Suffolk's East End.

The National Weather Service in Upton canceled a winter weather advisory before 6 p.m. and no accumulation was recorded on Long Island, said weather service meteorologist Matthew Tauber.

The service had originally forecast up to 4 inches in some areas, including the southern and eastern portions of Suffolk, with the potential for a half inch to an inch per hour.

But while the snow didn't materialize, the bitter cold will dominate the weather Monday night and Tuesday.

As skies clear Monday night, the temperature is dropping to 19 degrees and winds of up to 15 mph make it feel like it's between 10 and 15 degrees.

Tuesday will be sunny but with just a high of 34 degrees and similar wind chills. The low hits 29 before temperatures bounce back Wednesday to 48, amid possible rain showers, the weather service says.

Thursday is cloudy and the high goes back down to 38 degrees. The next possibility of snow, likely mixed with rain, is Friday with a high of about 36.

Dereck Wachter, from Ridge, set ups snow blowers outside Brinkman's...

Dereck Wachter, from Ridge, set ups snow blowers outside Brinkman's Hardware in Sayville as the first snow storm of the season approaches Long Island on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Credit: John Roca

The lack of snow was due to a high-pressure system that stalled over the New England area, according to meteorologist Tiffany Fortier. She said it cut off snow before it could reach the surface.

"It looks like we will be able to ease into this winter season a little bit with a lighter storm," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.

While accumulation totals will be light, conditions on the road may be slick, Bellone cautioned.

"We are urging drivers in Suffolk County to understand you may be dealing with some icy and slick conditions today that will very easily cause accidents," he said.

Amid the dropping temperatures, Nassau announced the opening of warming centers where the public can go:

  • Cantiague Park Administration Office, 480 W. John St., Hicksville
  • Wantagh Administration Building, 1 King Rd., Wantagh
  • Mitchel Field Administration Building, 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale

All the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the office of the county executive, Bruce Blakeman.

— With Vera Chinese