9 Inches of Snow Forecast for Long Island

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Long Island’s groundhogs are really trying to prove their point that winter isn’t over yet.

A storm is forecast to blanket New York City and LI with between six and 10 inches of snow Friday and Saturday, prompting Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists to issue a winter storm watch.

“The heavy snow and strong winds could result in near-blizzard conditions…bring down some tree limbs…and cause scattered power outages,” the NWS said in a statement Wednesday.

Nassau and Suffolk counties are expected to see between six and nine inches with up to a foot of snow on the East End, although the predictions could change later, NWS meteorologists said.

The snow and 35-mph north winds with gusts up to 60 mph are expected to decrease visibility to a quarter mile or less at times, making driving dangerous.

The precipitation is forecast to begin Thursday night with less than an inch of snow into Friday morning, when heavy rains during the day are expected to change back to snow Friday night and continue into Saturday afternoon, according to the NWS.

Sunny skies will return Sunday but a chance of rain and snow is forecast again for Monday and Wednesday next week.