A coastal storm system brewing offshore may bring “widespread significant precipitation” to Long Island this weekend, forecasters say.

The track the storm will take and how much rain or snow it might bring Saturday night into Sunday morning—when temperatures are forecast to hit a low of 34 overnight—were unclear as of Wednesday, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.

“The precipitation is forecast to be mainly rain at the coast and mainly snow inland as well as higher elevations with the possibility for moderate to significant snowfall accumulations,” the agency said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook statement.

But, forecasters warned that the system developing off the mid-Atlantic coast could intensify as it passes LI before going out to sea. Changes in forecast amounts as well as precipitation type are expected to change as the storm approaches.

The possibility of a storm comes after snow dumped by a record-setting blizzard two weeks ago is still melting. A chance of flurries is forecast for Thursday. Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 41.


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