A man shops for a Christmas tree with his child on a snowy afternoon in Oceanside on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (By Joe Abate)

Up to 4 inches of snow could fall on parts of Long Island Tuesday before turning to rain during the afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Upton issued a winter weather advisory for the North Shore of Long Island until 6 p.m.

Forecasters predicted 2 to 4 inches of snow in northern Nassau and Suffolk counties and 1 to 2 inches in other parts of the Island.

The snow storm arrived just in time for Tuesday’s morning commute. Forecasters warned of hazardous driving conditions because of freezing temperatures and light accumulation on roads. Snowfall is expected to be heavy at times by mid-morning, forecasters said, before tapering off in the afternoon.

The weather service noted in a special weather statement that visibility could drop to between 1 and 2 miles.

Despite the conditions, the New York State Department of Transportation website was not reporting any major accidents on local roads as of 9:30 a.m.

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Delays on four Long Island Rail Road branches were being blamed on a broken rail west of the Mineola station, according to the railroad, not the winter storm.

The forecast for the rest of the day calls for a chance of rain and snow after 5 p.m. and a low of 24 degrees.


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