Long Islanders can expect a cold, snowy morning commute Tuesday after a pre-winter storm pummeled upstate New York, northern New Jersey and parts of Connecticut before hitting the region Monday night.
Between 1 and 5 inches of snow was in the Long Island forecast for late Monday night into Tuesday morning, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Upton office. The overnight low was expected to be 30 degrees with gusts between 16 and 21 mph by 7 a.m. Tuesday, making it feel closer to 20 at the bus stop or LIRR station.
The heaviest snowfall would likely end by midnight Monday with light snow continuing before tapering off by 7 a.m. Tuesday, forecasters said.
“We’re going to have snow varying in intensity, not consistently moderate or heavy, but there could be a few bursts of moderate to briefly heavy snow,” said Jay Engle, a meteorologist with the weather service in Upton.
After that, forecasters said, the clouds are expected to be replaced by mostly sunny skies and a high of 39. Partly sunny skies are forecast through Friday with daytime highs on Long Island hovering around the low 40s with overnight lows at or just below freezing, the weather service said.
Late Monday afternoon, the weather service said it had expanded its winter weather advisory to include eastern Suffolk County until 7 a.m. Tuesday. Commuters on Long Island roadways can expect icy and slippery conditions Tuesday morning.
Long Island’s East End should fare best with about an inch of snow predicted, the weather service said. Farmingdale is forecast to get the most snow, five inches, with Islip getting three inches.
The North Shore from Nassau to western Suffolk could see 3 to 5 inches of snow while eastern Suffolk’s North Shore could see 1 to 3 inches before the storm moves on early Tuesday, Engle said. The South Shore will see less snow, about an inch, because temperatures will be slightly warmer along the coastline, he said.