Thursday is expected to come in as the second of three unseasonably mild days, but a look to the weekend shows a cool-down, as well as potential for some snow, forecasters said.
Following overnight rain that could linger into early morning, Thursday was looking to head up mostly to the mid- to upper 50s, though with mostly cloudy skies. Areas closer to New York City will see warmer temperatures, according to the National Weather Service. Areas of the East End could warm up to the lower 50s.
Still, that would be well above the normal temperature of 40 degrees, said Joe Pollina, weather service meteorologist in Upton.
Thursday night brings another spate of rain, possibly lingering into Friday morning, as temperatures warm up to the low 50s, based on the late afternoon Wednesday forecast.
Saturday was expected to see increasing clouds and below-normal highs around the mid-30s, according to the weather service.
At that point, “a sharp, brief change is on the radar for Saturday evening through Sunday morning,” said Richard Von Ohlen, News 12 meteorologist. Models were “converging on a decent-sized” storm from the southwest “running right into a pocket of cold February air” in the Northeast, he said.
Such a collision, he said, “could spell a decent accumulation” of wet snow somewhere in the region Saturday night into Sunday morning, with much dependent on the system’s track, which has yet to be pinned down.
Thursday was expected to bring further data, Pollina said, to help give a better sense as to whether snow on Long Island would be “plowable or not.”