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Cold Thursday yields to a warmup for Friday and the weekend

A pedestrian shields himself from the light snow

A pedestrian shields himself from the light snow with an umbrella as he walks in Centereach Square Wednesday.   Credit: James Carbone

The rain, drizzle, and for some, occasional traces of snow that fell on Long Island on and off Wednesday should conclude before conditions clear overnight and it turns cold, forecasters said.

There will be a low of 30 degrees during Wednesday's overnight into Thursday, but the winds will kick up to as high as 20 mph and wind chills will be between 25 and 30 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

Thursday continues with those wind chills, despite the high of 41 and thickening clouds.

But Friday and the weekend offer relief from the cold. The high will be 50 degrees Friday with partly sunny skies and light winds. Showers are likely, however, Friday night.

The rain may continue into Saturday morning, then reappear Saturday evening, but it will be unusually warm, 62 degrees, and Sunday will be sunny with a high of 47.

The record of 62 was last set in 1980, the weather service said, citing data that begins in 1963.

Balmier temperatures last into the next week as well, with highs into the low 50s for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the weather service said.

With Joan Gralla

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