Friday's snow may have melted, but Long Island far from out of the woods when it comes to winter weather. Although today the temperature is supposed to break 50 degrees, tonight temps will drop back down to below freezing, with a predicted low of 9 degrees Fahrenheit. With wild winds whipping across the Island, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory, which is currently in effect, and a Wind Chill Advisory that will go into effect at midnight this evening. Both will remain active until 6 PM on Tuesday.
High winds of between 20 to 30 MPH with gusts of up to 45 MPH can be expected later this evening through tomorrow afternoon, and the NWS advises drivers to be careful on the roads, as this may create difficult driving conditions. Tomorrow's wind chill is going to make the single digit temperatures feel even colder, with a predicted wind chill value of 15 below.
If you plan on being outside tonight or tomorrow, be sure to bundle up - prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures and the bitterly cold winds can lead to hypothermia and frostbite. The Nassau County SPCA also reminds pet owners to be sure that your four legged friends are warm as well - keep them out of the cold, and remember, if it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them!
Later on in the week as the weekend draws closer, Long Island will see temperatures above freezing, although not by much. For the most up to date weather information, head over to the LongIsland.com Weather Center, where you can find the latest weather forecasts, advisories and more.
Due to the potentially dangerous conditions created by tonight and tomorrow's high winds, some local schools will be closing, or delaying opening tomorrow. For the most up to date list of School Closures & Delays, click here.
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