Blame Canada: Arctic Front to Plunge Long Island into Deep Freeze

Long Island Weather
Icicles form on a car bumper.

Get ready for another deep freeze, Long Island.

An arctic front passing through the region is bringing cold air from Canada—yes, you can blame our friends up north—resulting in single-digit temperatures Thursday evening and wind chill values between zero and 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The brutal cold will hang around through Friday morning, meaning temperatures will be in the single digits before the mercury rises to a high of 23, forecasters said.

It’ll be cold, but not record-breaking cold, said David Stark, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Upton. The previous record for Feb. 5 was in 1996, when the thermometer dipped to a bone-chilling 1 degree.

The weather service is warning drivers that patchy black ice is possible as temperatures take a dramatic dive Thursday.

As for Thursday morning’s flurries, Stark said the Island saw less than an inch of snow in most areas.

Forecasters are keeping their eye on a potential storm beginning Saturday night and lasting through Tuesday. The weather service said, as of right now, the potential exists for 8 or more inches of snow.

Stay tuned, folks. And stay warm.

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