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Winter won't quit: Nor'easter heads to LI Tuesday

Waves crashed against the shore at Smith Point

Waves crashed against the shore at Smith Point Beach in Shirley as a nor'easter bore down on the area on March 7, 2013. Credit: Carl Corry

The calendar might say spring, but Mother Nature still has winter on her mind.

A nor'easter is headed to Long Island Tuesday, bringing with it wind gusts of up to 35 mph and a good chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

There's a 60 percent chance of snow later Tuesday into Wednesday, when the eastern part of Long Island could see 6 inches or more, said Joey Picca, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

The rest of Long Island could see a few inches of accumulation.

Monday will be mostly sunny, with highs in the low 30s and lows dipping into the teens again, said Lauren Nash, meteorologist with the service's Upton bureau.

Clouds will increase Tuesday, with highs in the mid-30s and lows in the upper 20s.

Long Island is slated to see the strongest winds in the region during the storm, especially on the East End, she said. The island will see wind gusts of up to 35 mph.

Forecasters have been predicting a "nor'easter bomb" to hit the area Tuesday night.

The "bomb" in the term "nor'easter bomb" refers to how quickly the low pressure system deepens during the storm, Nash said. In a "bomb," the pressure drops 24 millibars in 24 hours, thus leading to a stronger storm.

Nash said the pressure likely will drop "pretty rapidly" during the storm.

Wednesday will warm up to the upper 30s to around 40, with lows in the lower 20s.

Highs on Thursday -- the last day this week of below-normal temperatures -- will be in the lower 40s, Nash said. Lows will be in the mid-30s.

Friday will be back in the mid-50s.

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