No joke: There’s snow in the weekend forecast

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NEW YORK – No, this isn’t an April Fools’ Day joke: while the mercury climbed toward 70 degrees Friday, snow flurries are in the weekend forecast along with dangerously strong winds and much cooler temperatures.

Expect light rain showers throughout Friday into Saturday with temperatures in the 60s to low 70s. It’ll be cloudy, damp and dreary before a second cold front moves in and changes the rain to snow Sunday, PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church said.

The models are not in agreement yet but some forecast up to 1 ½ inches of snow in the suburbs and on Long Island, with a dusting to an inch possible in the five boroughs, Church said.

Whipping winds are expected to move in Saturday night. A high wind watch is in effect for New York City, Long Island, coastal Connecticut and northern New Jersey from late Saturday through Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Winds are forecast to reach 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. That’s strong enough to down trees and power lines, potentially spurring power outages and making it difficult to drive high-profile vehicles, the weather agency said.

As for next week, spring appears to be nowhere in sight. Temperatures are forecast to barely top 48 degrees, Church said.