A fierce Midwestern storm is expected to collide with an offshore atmospheric system and bring two full days of miserable weather to Plainview and much of the region.
The National Weather Service reported at 4 a.m. Wednesday that the approaching storm could begin after noon today and be accompanied by strong winds, coastal flooding and rough seas.
The confluence of these factors will bring "dangerous travel conditions, localized power outages and property damage" to Plainview and the rest of Long Island, the NWS said. The storm could continue, on and off, into Friday, the NWS reported.
Travel Wednesday night and Thursday morning is expected to be difficult.
Meteorologists say rain and snow should begin after noon Wednesday with stiff winds gusting to more than 40 mph. Snow accumulation in Plainview should be minimal.
But the snow should intensify Wednesday night as temperatures dip below freezing and wind gusts could approach 50 mph.
Snow fall could continue into Thursday morning with total accumulations locally of 3-5 inches possible. Snow and rain is possible Friday before temperatures begin rising through the weekend. The weekend may see temperatures approaching 50 degrees, according to the NWS.
See the Weather Channel's current and projected storm data here for Plainview.
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The forecast calls for possible coastal flooding, high surf and significant beach erosion, especially to those beaches still left battered from Hurricane Sandy.
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