Storm May Bring 6 Inches of Snow to Long Island

Snow plows on Sunrise Highway in East Islip in 2016. Long Island Press photo

A winter storm is forecast to bring up to 6 inches of snow—and possibly higher accumulations—to Long Island over the weekend shortly before the start of spring Monday.

The storm is expected to hit Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning, meteorologists in the Upton office of the National Weather Service (NWS) said. The storm is expected to start as a mix of snow and rain, before changing to rain during the evening and then switching back to snow overnight.

“There is a chance that snowfall along the coast could reach or exceed 6 inches, in particular across Long Island, which will be situated closer to the offshore low,” NWS forecasters said Friday in a weather statement.

The snowy forecast comes after LI dodged a bullet and a blizzard that was expected to bring up to two feet of snow to the area veered upstate instead, sparing the Island, which instead got covered in slush that later froze, making for hazardous travel conditions nonetheless.

Once the storm passes, the skies are forecast to remain mostly clear for most of next week with temperatures in the 40s. The one exception is Wednesday, which may see scattered flurries.