That was no way to celebrate the first day of spring.
Long Island saw as much as 7 inches of snow in some areas as a winter storm moved into the area Friday and lingered through the night and into the early morning hours, with some flurries still visible after sunrise.
Seven inches was recorded in Rocky Point and almost a dozen other communities in Suffolk County measured more than 6 inches, according to unofficial snowfall totals published by the National Weather Service in Upton.
There appeared to be less accumulation in Nassau County. Merrick recorded 5.9 inches, and a number of other neighborhoods from the South Shore to the North Shore counted more than 5 inches. Snowfall totals mostly ranged from 4 to 7 inches; forecasters had predicted 3 to 6 inches of accumulation.
Here’s how the rest of the weekend is expected to shape out: There’s a slight chance of rain showers after 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the thermometer reaching a high of 41—potentially helping melt most, if not all, of the white stuff that fell. The wind chill will make it feel more like 30 degrees, forecasters said. Strong gusts predicted for the evening will drop the temperature into the low 30s.
Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 36—not warm enough for Long Islanders still reeling from the record-breaking winter that just came to an end.
Now, let’s all hope that this latest storm was winter’s final hurrah.