Long Island will get a very brief reprieve from below freezing temperatures on Saturday, but strong wind and light snow promises to bring more uncomfortable conditions.
Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 36—4 degrees above freezing—with wind possibly clocking in at 22 to 26 mph and about an inch of snow early in the evening, meteorologists said.
But the Upton-based National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook stating that a coating of snow combined with temperatures quickly dropping into the 20s will lead to icy conditions on untreated roadways.
The brutal, bone-numbing cold that blasted LI nearly all week will continue Sunday with temperatures dropping to 21 and with wind chill values as low as zero. There’s also a slight chance of light snow Sunday evening, forecasters said.
There should be another short respite from the biting cold on Monday with forecasters predicting a high of 39 degrees, but the mercury is expected to plunge to a high of 20 on Tuesday and 21 on Wednesday.
Monday’s forecast also calls for a slight chance of rain and snow showers before 1 p.m. More light snowfall is also possible during the afternoon, forecasters said.
The unbearable cold that enveloped LI arrived at the same time a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on some parts on the Island, creating massive traffic jams and forced the Long Island Rail Road to operate on a weekend schedule on Wednesday.