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Warmer temps yield to more cold, snow this week

Visitors to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster

Visitors to the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay stroll the grounds on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

After a brief respite from the cold during the weekend, it's back to freezing temperatures and the possibility of snow this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday's Long Island forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-30s with northwest winds ranging from 8 to 18 miles per hour and gusts as high as 29 mph.

Monday night's temperatures will dip close to 20 degrees.

"It was nice to get out of the cold for a bit, warm up, thaw out, and melt some of the snow, but the big story is we're heading back to the cold," said David Stark, a meteorologist with the weather service's Upton office.

A "light dusting" of snow is forecast for late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, though it's too soon to predict the amount of snow that will fall, Stark said.

"It's still some days away, so there will be some fine-tuning" of the forecast, Stark said.

Tuesday's high will reach 31 degrees with lows in the 20s at night.

Wednesday's temperatures will reach a high of about 30 degrees.

Lows will dip further during the evening to about 10 degrees.

Then on Thursday, temperatures will reach a high of about 27 degrees with lows around 13 degrees.

Friday morning, temperatures are expected to reach into the teens, Stark said.

Despite the number of snowstorms that have hit Long Island this winter, and concerns of road salt shortages, several town officials across Long Island said Sunday that they were confident in their supply should roads need to be salted midweek.

"We have 20,000 tons of salt, we're more than prepared," said Michael Deery, spokesman for the Town of Hempstead.

Town of Huntington spokesman A.J. Carter said the town recently received additional shipments of salt and was prepared for any additional snowfall.


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