Plainview residents will awaken Thursday to a wintery mix of rain, snow and high winds that will continue on and off well into Friday, the National Weather Service predicts.
Meteorologists said the storm is centered off the Atlantic coast and would bring coastal flooding and a mix of snow and rain as the storm system circulates on and around Long Island.
Plainview and the vicinity should not see more than 2 inches of snow before skies begin to clear late Friday. Parts of New England may see much more snow, the NWS said early Thursday morning.
Thursday morning travel may be dangerous. In addition, extremely high winds are expected from this storm, with gusts approaching 50 mph in some areas of Long Island. That could lead to high seas and coastal flooding in flood-prone areas, the NWS said. The winds could also bring downed trees and power outages.
Snow fall overnight is expected to be less than an inch in Plainview. Another 3 inches are possible by Friday morning as the storm switches from rain to snow as temperatures hover near the freezing mark. Clearing and significantly warmer temperatures are expected by the weekend.
See the Weather Channel's current and projected storm data here for Plainview.
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“The State is closely monitoring a winter storm expected to hit several areas of the state beginning this afternoon,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, ordering state officials to monitor the impending emergency. “We are taking actions to prepare for the potential impacts of the storm and coordinating with local officials. New Yorkers in affected areas should follow local weather reports to stay updated.”
The forecast continues to call for possible coastal flooding, high surf and significant beach erosion, especially to those beaches still left battered from Hurricane Sandy.