8 Inches of Snow Forecast for Long Island

A snow plow clears Main Street in Islip on Jan. 4, 2018 (Long Island Press photo)

A winter storm is forecast to dump up to eight inches of snow on parts of Long Island this weekend, with lesser accumulations on the East End, meteorologists said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a winter storm watch for the south shore of Nassau and Suffolk counties 7 p.m. Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday. The agency also issued a winter storm warning for the north shore from 5 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. The forecast includes a warning that heavy snow is possible during the storm, with accumulations between four and eight inches.

“Plan on difficult travel conditions,” Upton-based NWS forecasters said in a statement. “Significant reductions in visibility are possible.”

The watch was also in effect for New York City, the Hudson Valley and much of the tri-state area.

The storm is forecast to arrive after temperatures on Friday reaching a high of 51 drop below freezing Saturday. The flakes are forecast to start falling after 9 p.m. Saturday. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

After the storm passes, temps are expected to return to the 40s early next week. There’s a 50-percent chance of rain on President’s Day.