Long Island weather: Forecast: Cloudy, 30s before snow, sleet Tuesday


Snow and sleet are expected to hit Long Island on Tuesday, making for a messy morning commute, forecasters said.

The workweek begins with cloudy skies with highs in the upper 30s Monday, a few degrees below normal, the National Weather Service said.

“A storm system then approaches tonight with snow developing towards daybreak Tuesday or shortly thereafter,” the weather service said.

Parts of Long Island and New York City are expected to receive up to 4 inches of snow and sleet on Tuesday, according to the service.

Light snow and flurries will develop between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, said Rich Hoffman, News 12 Long Island meteorologist. From 9 a.m. to noon, snow and sleet will be moderate to heavy at times.

“Snow will mix with sleet and rain during the afternoon, becoming all rain towards 5 p.m.,” Hoffman said.

The weather service issued a winter weather advisory Monday morning for northern Nassau County and northwestern Suffolk County, in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday to midnight. Total snowfall for that area is expected to be 2 to 4 inches, with winds gusting up to 35 mph. 

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the advisory reads. “The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.”

Snowfall rates could be up to 1 inch an hour with visibility of less than half a mile at times, the weather service said. Power lines and tree branches could fall.

The rest of Long Island should get less snow, with the lowest amounts in eastern Suffolk County. “A general 1 to 3 inches for most of us,” Hoffman said.

The forecast could still change, though. “Small timing differences will have significant impacts on snowfall and ice totals,” the weather service said.

Inland areas such as Orange County are set to get heavier snowfall.

The highs are expected to reach near 35 degrees on Long Island Tuesday.

The evening commute should be all rain, the weather service said. There could be 1 to 2 inches of rain total, with a risk of minor flooding Tuesday afternoon and night.

The sun will return Wednesday with a high near 45 degrees. Thursday, Valentine’s Day, and Friday should be similar, with a chance of afternoon rain Friday.

2019-02-11 13:54:24

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