A mix of rain and snow will coat some Long Island roads with ice when temperatures drop below freezing Sunday night into Monday, potentially snarling the morning rush hour commute, forecasters said.
There isn’t expected to be much snow accumulation, but drivers are urged to be careful of potentially slippery conditions on untreated roadways before temperatures warm up at dawn, especially on eastern LI, officials said.
“The precipitation may start out as a mix of light rain and wet snow before changing to plain rain around 7 a.m.,” Upton-based National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists said Sunday night in a special weather statement for Suffolk County. “Slippery or icy conditions are possible for the morning commute, especially inland.”
The precipitation is forecast to start as rain after 1 a.m., then change to a mix of rain and snow before tapering off. Less than a half inch of snow is expected to accumulate.
The forecast for the rest of the week is equally rainy. There’s a slight chance that the rain will resume Monday afternoon. The rain is likely to continue Tuesday night with another slight chance of rain Wednesday and a 50-percent chance of rain Thursday, which may also see scattered flurries after sundown into Friday morning.
The skies are expected to clear up next weekend, with the forecast calling for sunny skies next Saturday and Sunday with temps in the high 30s and low 40s.