Spring weather continues to boycott the area, with Long Island now looking at possible episodes of snow through the weekend and into early next week, forecasters said.
After a dry, sunny Thursday, warming up to the mid-40s, the prospect of snow enters the picture.
Overall, The 7-day forecast is bringing colder than normal temperatures, and, “yes, the threat of more snow,” said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist.
The first chance is for around daybreak Friday through lunchtime, with “likelihood for a mixed bag of rain and wet snow,” said Tim Morrin, weather service meteorologist in Upton, as of late Wednesday afternoon.
The expectation was for light precipitation — melting flakes mixing in with rain, leading to mainly wet road conditions and just a coating of snow on grassy areas, he said. Temperatures will bring about a double-take, as they rise to the low 50s later in the afternoon.
Looking further out, “an unsettled pattern dominates the long-term period with the potential for accumulating snow once again,” the weather service said in its late Wednesday afternoon forecast discussion.
Next up is early morning Saturday, which could see precipitation spread into the area, starting as rain, then mixing with snow by late morning and “tapering off as all snow Saturday evening,” Morrin said. Still, there were too many “moving parts,” including the arrival time of cold air, he said, to make any more detailed calls.
Forecasters were also eyeing how conditions might set up for next Tuesday, when “a stronger, more organized coastal low is possible,” the forecast discussion said.
Look for further details from the weather service’s next major forecast update, issued around 4 a.m. Thursday.