Nine-year-old Kevin measures and takes temperature of the snow piled up in front of his North Babylon home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo credit: Send in from reader)
Nine-year-old Kevin Grix measures and takes the temperature of the snow piled up in front of his North Babylon home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. (Photo credit: Tom Grix)

Thought the brutal cold you woke up to Friday morning was bad? Well, just wait for Friday evening.

The National Weather Service said temperatures across Long Island could drop into the single digits once the sun sets, and perhaps even plummet to zero.

David Stark, a meteorologist at the Upton-based weather service, said the nor’easter that blanketed the Island with up to a foot of snow overnight, would continue funneling in some cold air during the day Friday, contributing to already freezing temperatures.

The temperature quickly dropped during the height of the storm early Friday morning, but reached sub-zero temperatures because of a nasty wind chill. The wind should die down by Friday evening, and shouldn’t add to the cold, he said.

“It’s certainly a bitter dangerous type cold,” Stark said, adding that the frigid, bone-chilling cold brought on by the powerful storm is unusual even for this time of year.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a high near 28, and the temperature should remain in the 20s throughout the night.

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Things will change Sunday with temperatures potentially topping off near 45 degrees—balmy compared to the brutal cold the storm brought in—and should help melt what’s left of the snow. Rain is also forecasted for Sunday.

But there’s still another whole day before that happens.

Stark’s recommendation: “You want to limit your exposure” to the bitter cold outside.


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