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WEATHER ALERT: Heavy Snowfall Expected to Blanket Wantagh-Seaford Friday

Long Island could see upwards of 6 to 10 inches of snow before storm passes on Saturday.

Mother Nature is expected to blanket the island with a heavy snowfall Friday, with high winds that could create near-blizzard-like conditions, experts said Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Long Island, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning as a classic Nor'easter churns its way up the coast starting Thursday evening.

The low-pressure storm is expected to deepen and intensify off of the New Jersey and Long Island coastlines, wrapping in more cold air from the north and bringing down even more precipitation in its wake.

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According to the watch issued by the National Weather Service (NOAA), the storm will bring snow accumulations of 6 inches to 10 inches across Long Island, with locally higher amounts possible depending on the track of the storm.

Some forecast models, including the European Model that tracked Hurricane Sandy perfectly almost a week out in October, are calling for between 8 inches to 14 inches of snow across Long Island.

Winds associated with the storm could bring down trees, power lines and create white-out conditions as sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour could be felt locally.

Flooding concerns will also come along with this storm, as coastal areas should prepare for another round of minor flooding.

Areas north of Long Island, including Rhode Island and the eastern Massachusetts area are under blizzard watches as the storm is expected to dump historic amounts of snow in those locations.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued by NOAA when there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulation that may impact travel within the next 24-to-48 hours.

Christine February 07, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Robert - that made me laugh out loud. :)
Rob February 07, 2013 at 09:34 PM
You forgot that in addition to what you said they will also be raising fares and handing out generous bonuses to executives...good times!
Rob February 07, 2013 at 09:42 PM
In anticipation of accumulating snow tomorrow and Saturday the LIRR will be cancelling trains tonight!
Markymark February 08, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Yup. The dependable LIRR. Has trouble operating on a sunny day. You think I'm gonna trust them to get me to and from work during a blizzard? No way! I'm calling it an official snow day!
Chris Wendt February 08, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Lets' keep it real and fair. From the LIRR website this morning: "The LIRR provides 8 extra trains to assist customers heading home early Friday afternoon, in advance of the pending snowstorm. The extra service is between 2:09 PM and 3:48 PM, with extra trains on the Babylon, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Far Rockaway Branches." Personally, I have a lot of confidence in the LIRR, as I am heading to the station to catch my morning train. I am planning to close our office at 2:00 PM today (Friday) based on the official NOAA forecast at 6 AM. We have about 250 people from all over the tri-state.

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