A winter storm is forecast to dump four to eight inches of snow on Long Island overnight Wednesday into Thursday—making it the third snow storm to hit LI this week.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the New York Metro area. The rain is expected to change to snow when temperatures drop from above freezing Wednesday down into the 20s Thursday.
“Rain mixes with sleet and snow this evening…before changing to all snow by midnight,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Snow may be heavy at times late tonight through Thursday morning…before tapering off Thursday evening.”
The snow is expected to reduce visibility—to as low as a quarter mile at times—and coat roadways in ice, making travel dangerous. It will also be dangerously cold, with wind chills expected to hit a low of zero Thursday night.
Forecasters suggest drivers stay off the roads, only travel if there’s an emergency and if travel is necessary, pack a flashlight, food and water just in case.
Once the storm passes, the weekend forecast include sunny skies with temps in the 20s Friday warming up to the 30s Saturday and Sunday.