NY Faces Snow, Sleet and Rain in a Day

NEW YORK (AP) -
A man runs over the Brooklyn Bridge during morning snow in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man runs over the Brooklyn Bridge during morning snow in Manhattan, Dec. 17. (Reuters/Andrew Kelly)

New York City was a staging ground for weather extremes this weekend — shifting from snow to freezing rain, sleet and just plain rain, with temperatures sliding from the 20s and 30s toward nearly 60 degrees forecast for Sunday.

Between 2 and 4 inches of snow came down in the city, its northern suburbs and Long Island after days of biting cold.

The weather drama started before dawn, when the first snow started falling.

By late morning, the snow turned briefly to freezing rain and sleet, creating even more hazardous, slippery conditions. Temperatures rose to the 30s.

“It was a burst of snow, followed by brief periods of sleet and freezing rain,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Engle.

With the snowstorm pushing out into the Atlantic, he said spotty showers were expected later in the day, with temperatures rising into the 40s. And on Sunday, the temperature was likely to reach the upper 50s, Engle said.