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Long Island weather: Chilly temperatures through start of spring

The weather forecast for Saturday, March 17, 2018.

The weather forecast for Saturday, March 17, 2018. Credit: Weather Underground

Only days before spring, Long Island will be stuck with cold weather. In fact, snow is a possibility this week.

Sunday will bring daytime temperatures of about 40 degrees with nighttime falling to the mid-20s, said meteorologist Carlie Buccola of the National Weather Service’s Upton office. The mid-20s is almost 10 degrees colder than normal for this time of year.

Monday doesn’t look better, with daytime temperatures in the upper 30s, dropping to the low 30s at night.

Tuesday — the first day of spring — could bring a coastal storm with high winds, heavy snow and coastal flooding. The weather service is predicting a 30 percent chance of snow on Tuesday after 11 a.m. and a daytime high of 37 degrees. That same chance of snow continues into Tuesday night, Wednesday and Wednesday night.

News 12 Long Island meteorologist Bruce Avery said the snowstorm conditions could emerge Tuesday evening and “blossom” on Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of moving parts to determine the eventual outcome of where the storm actually tracks and how things come together,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Adrienne Leptich.

Leptich said most of the weather tracking systems placed the possible storm at dropping off directly south of Long Island on the Delmarva coast.

“It’s still a little too far out to really say ‘We’re in the clear’ or ‘We’re gonna get slammed.’ ”

If the storm materializes, it would be the fourth nor’easter in three weeks. The storm that hit Tuesday into Wednesday of last week dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the East End, and about half as much in Nassau, knocking out power to thousands of customers and disrupting travel.

With Khristopher J. Brooks

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