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Nor'Easter Brings Blizzard Warning for Riverhead, North Fork

Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday for all of Long Island.

The National Weather Service has now issued a Blizzard Warning for all of Long Island, including Babylon, from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

The nor'easter forecasted to hit Long Island is expected to bring upwards of 10 inches to 15 inches of snow to the area, with locally higher amounts totalling 16 to 18 inches.

Wind gusts associated with this classic New England nor'easter will range from 30 to 40 miles per hour with howling gusts hitting 60 miles per hour. Downed trees, tree limbs and flying debris could also be part of the problem and winds will also cause whiteout conditions and possibly down power lines, creating power outages.

The National Weather Service forecasts the strongest winds and heaviest snowfall will occur from Friday evening into Saturday morning, although snowfall should begin early Friday morning before switching over to rain throughout the day.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for Southwest Suffolk County. The advisory warns against 2-to-3 foot higher tides and waves 9-to-13 feet along beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.

A Blizzard Warning mean severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring within the next 12 hours. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely.

A technical "Blizzard" would mean the following conditions over a period of three or more hours: sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or higher with considerable blowing and/or falling snow that frequently reduces visibility to less than a 1/4 of a mile.

Professor Edelson February 07, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Sean Walters is likely scheming how to use this snow to give another non-competitive contract to the firm owned by his assistant's family. I only wonder why anyone voted for him. Even out here in Greenport we know his style. Watch how he tries to take the North Fork Animal Welfare League's resources from Southold.
T.Skabry February 08, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Be carefull and help us plow operators out.... by parking all vehicles well off the streets and stay home of possible until the roads are clear. We will most likely be working through the night and morning fighting what sounds to be a record snow storm and need to work in treacherous conditions as is. thank you.
Dennis February 08, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Sure thing. But can YOU please not drive around with the plow up?
T.Skabry February 08, 2013 at 04:30 PM
you got it!

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