Long Islanders woke up Wednesday to a messy morning commute brought on by a wintry mix dropped on the area overnight—and there’s more to come.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Upton said rain and sleet is expected to continue until 2 p.m. before it clears the area and leaves us with mostly cloudy skies through the night.

Sleet accumulation of less than half an inch is possible Wednesday, forecasters said.

It’s possible—though with the recent stretch of dreary weather some may not believe it—that the sun will peek through the clouds Thursday with forecasters calling for partly sunny skies with a high near 43.

Drivers across the Island are looking to wake up Thursday to friendlier conditions after several accidents Wednesday morning, including one that closed all lanes of the Northern State Parkway between exit 42 and 43 at 6:45 a.m.

A New York State police spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment on the accident.

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A crash on Jericho Turnpike in St. James Wednesday morning claimed the life of one driver, Suffolk County police said. It wasn’t immediately known if the crash was weather related, police said.

Both Nassau and Suffolk police said they didn’t receive reports of any major accidents on the Long Island Expressway.


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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: rmian@longislandpress.com. Twitter: rashedmian