A wintry coastal storm dumped as much as 6 inches of snow on Long Island Friday morning and inundated other parts of the tri-state with slush and strong wind gusts that may have played a role in a deadly crane collapse, Storm Team 4 says.
Snow began falling on Huntington Station by 3:30 a.m. It started as a slushy snow mixture but quickly turned to puffy flakes that lasted throughout the morning. In New York City, snow swirled as commuters trudged through slushy sidewalks on the way to the subways and bus stops.
Hauppage, in Suffolk County, saw the region's highest snow totals with 6 inches of powder. Other parts of Long Island saw between a dusting and 5.6 inches. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, had the highest reported snow total in New York City with 3 inches.
The slushy storm was accompanied by strong wind gusts, Storm Team 4 says. A wind gust of 37 mph was recorded in lower Manhattan at 8:15 a.m., just nine minutes before a crane being lowered and secured toppled over, killing one person and injuring three more.
Forecast for Friday, Feb. 5
The system quickly moved out after noon on Friday, however and was replaced by sunshine and highs topping around 40 degrees.
The weather will continue to improve through the weekend, with highs topping out near 50 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
But there's a silver lining to the white stuff and that's that it won't be accompanied by a long-lasting cooldown. Friday afternoon is expected to be sunny, if a bit chilly and breezy. Highs will be in the low 40s.
Things will warm back up by the weekend, with clear skies and highs topping out in the 40s on both Saturday and Sunday.
The cold could return on Monday, with temperatures dropping back down to the upper 30s. The skies will be mostly cloudy.