It looks like Long Island’s groundhogs were right about winter sticking around because the forecast is calling for a messy snow storm to hit the region.

Snow is expected to start falling Thursday night into Friday morning before turning to rain and then back to snow again Friday night. Upton-based meteorologists with the National Weather Service predict “significant snowfall and strong winds with near-blizzard conditions,” the agency said in a statement.

Minor coastal flooding and beach erosion are likely with the storm, according to NWS. A chance of snow lingers before noon Saturday before temperatures warm up to above freezing.

Sunday is forecast as sunny before a chance of rain and snow moves in again Monday.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.