Freeze watch issued for most of tri-state area as cold and possibly snow return Saturday

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NEW YORK – The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch as temperatures are expected to slip Saturday night.

The agency said the alert is in effect from late Saturday into Sunday morning. Forecasts predict temperatures to hover around the upper 20s to lower 30s, but it will be colder during the pre-dawn hours.

The areas affected are: all five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, Hudson, Essex and Union counties in New Jersey and Fairfield, New Haven in Connecticut.

The normal high for this time of year should be around 58 but temperatures over this weekend are likely to stay in the 40s.

A quickly developing system for Saturday could bring us a period of wet snow mixed with rain. It's very hard to get snow to stick at this time of year, especially if it's a daytime event. However, any snow that still may be falling in the evening could leave a slushy accumulation of a coating to an inch or two, especially on colder surfaces.

It will clear out on Sunday but will be unusually chilly for this time of year. There are continued signs that this winter-like pattern will begin to re-align next week so we can finally get back to more springtime weather.