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Wintry mix to turn to rain overnight and into Tuesday

Pedestrians bundle up against the wind and cold

Pedestrians bundle up against the wind and cold in Riverhead Monday. Credit: James Carbone

Freezing rain arrived on Long Island Monday night, as part of a system forecast to bring a mix of light snow, sleet and ultimately plain rain that will last through Tuesday.

The National Weather Service said in its Monday evening storm briefing that the Tuesday morning commute and perhaps even the Tuesday evening commute will be affected by the storm.

Long Island is expected to see anywhere from a trace of snow to an inch before it turns to rain overnight, the service said.

"For the immediate coast (NYC and Long Island), a wintry mix initially with sleet, snow, and potentially pockets of freezing rain [is forecast] late this evening into early Tuesday. A transition to plain rain is then expected through day break.. For the interior, a wintry mix of sleet, snow, and freezing rain will become mainly freezing rain and snow after midnight," the briefing said.

Temperatures in central Long Island were expected to remain in the low 30s into Monday night. The weather service was calling for slightly higher temperatures Tuesday. Wind chills, however, could make it feel like it’s in the mid-20s, forecasters said.

The remainder of the week — Wednesday-Friday — is expected to be sunny but cold, with temperatures dipping into the teens overnight. Thursday in particular should be frigid, forecasters say, with blustery conditions and a high of only 28.

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