The sun sets over vast patches of ice on the Great South Bay in West Islip on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
The sun sets over vast patches of ice on the Great South Bay in West Islip on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

A winter storm is forecast to dump two-to-five inches of wet snow Monday on Long Island, making for a messy commute to start off the week.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, in effect 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, for much of the tristate area, warning that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will make traveling difficult with slippery roads and visibility of a half mile or less.

“Light rain or a rain-snow mix should commence early Monday morning,” the agency said in a statement. “As the precipitation becomes heavier Monday morning…the precipitation will chance all to snow [which] will taper off from west to east by late afternoon and end early evening.”

While tempreatures are in the mid-30s, a wintry mix is expected to start before 4 a.m. and then switch to rain and snow before changing to just snow after 7 a.m. The wet snow may bring down tree branches and power lines, causing outages in some areas, NWS warned.

Once that passes, less than an inch more snow and rain is expected to start falling before 11 p.m. Tuesday, then changing to sleet between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.

The rain is forecast to continue Wednesday afternoon before tapering off, giving way to a sunny Thursday and Friday, but another chance of snow Friday night through next weekend.


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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.