Saturday’s Forecast: Up to 4 Inches of Snow on Long Island

Long Island Weather
An arctic blast causes a pier in Island Park to freeze. (Photo credit: Joe Abate/Long Island Press)

Mother Nature does not appear eager to provide a smooth transition to spring, which is less than a full month away.

A winter storm headed to Long Island Saturday can dump up to 4 inches of snow through late afternoon before transitioning to freezing rain early in the evening and then to good old rain at night, forecasters said.

Sound fun?

The National Weather Service in Upton said a winter weather advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday until midnight.

The snow will began to fall early Saturday afternoon, forecasters said.

Four inches doesn’t sound awfully terrible but the weather service warned that “snow covered roads coated with ice will make driving and walking hazardous.”

Visibility could be limited to a half-mile or less at times, the weather service noted.

If you’re looking for a silver lining there’s this: temperatures will hover around freezing and could reach as high as 35 degrees Saturday.

The wintry mix will continue into Sunday with rain likely before 7 a.m., forecasters said. The temperature will continue to rise Sunday, with the mercury potentially reaching a welcome 40 degrees.

But another arctic blast will arrive Sunday night, dropping temperatures into the teens.

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