The crocuses are blooming and the sun was shining on Thursday, but winter is far from over.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the East End, starting Thursday night at 10 p.m. The National Weather Service is predicting four to seven inches of snow overnight into Friday afternoon. A cold front will move in this weekend, with temperatures in the single digits expected Saturday night, and another snow storm could move in Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.
"It's really a return to winter and it's going to last for a little while," said Mellisa Distigna, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton.
The snow will be heaviest during the morning commute Friday, Ms. Distigna said. People will either want to stay home or allow extra time to travel.
The warning is in effect for eastern Suffolk County and New London County in Connecticut. A winter storm advisory was issued for the rest of Long Island.
Thursday's high was about 53 degrees, but temperatures will drop sharply at night as rain develops and quickly changes to snow, according to the weather service. Friday's temperature will be about 33 degrees, and wind chill values between 20 and 25.
Temperatures this weekend will average near 15 degrees below normal. The daytime wind chills will be in the teens on Saturday. Ms. Distigna said that on Saturday night the temperature will fall to the single digits — nearing zero .
The weather service also said there is a chance of at least moderate snowfall with a coastal storm Monday night into Tuesday. "It's too early to tell the specifics," Ms. Distigna said Thursday afternoon.
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