Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Forget what the calendar says, winter is here.

Long Islanders woke up to chilly conditions Tuesday with gusty winds and temperatures in the low 30s.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Upton expect a high near 34 Tuesday, but wind chill values between 15 and 25 degrees will make it feel much colder. Forecasters predict gusts as high as 33 mph.

The mercury will drop in the evening hours, with meteorologists calling for a low of 21 and wind chill values between 10 and 15 degrees.

Sure, it’s blistery, but it could be worse.

In Buffalo, residents are dealing with up to 3 feet of snow. The deluge forced officials to close a long stretch of the New York State Thruway and other state roads.

There’s no snow in the forecast for the Island in the near future, but the chilly temperatures will hang around.

The forecast for Wednesday calls for sunny skies with a high of 33 and wind chill values between 10 and 20 degrees.

There will be daytime relief from the cold Thursday and Friday with temperatures in the low 40s but dropping significantly at night.