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Heavy Snow, High Winds Headed to Smithtown

Area could see between six and nine inches of snow, though totals still could change.

Mother Nature is expected to blanket Smithtown with a heavy snowfall Friday, with high winds that could create near-blizzard-like conditions, experts said Wednesday.

According to John Murray, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Upton, snow could begin to fall Thursday night, with the bulk of the snow expected to fall on Friday and into Saturday morning.

The storm, Murray said, will be caused by two low-pressure systems -- one off the mid-Atlantic and one moving into the Ohio Valley -- that will converge on Friday and form a stronger system south and east of Long Island, packing a powerful punch to the East End and southern Connecticut.

In Smithtown, precipitation is expected to begin as snow Thursday night and early Friday. On Friday afternoon, the snow will mix with rain, eventually becoming rain Friday night as the low offshore system becomes stronger and moves north and east.

Saturday morning, colder air will come in again and allow precipitation to change back to snow, through Saturday morning. The storm is expected to wrap up by Saturday afternoon, Murray said.

Total snowfall expected in is between 6 and 9 inches. Amounts could change, Murray said, as the storm moves closer.

Some forecast models, including the European Model that tracked Hurricane Sandy perfectly almost a week out in October, are calling for between 8 inches to 14 inches of snow across Long Island.

Winds associated with the storm could bring down trees, power lines and create white-out conditions as sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 miles per hour could be felt locally.

Flooding concerns will also come along with this storm, as coastal areas should prepare for another round of minor flooding.

Temperatures are expected to range between lows in the upper 20s Friday night into Saturday morning, with high temperatures Friday expected to be around 40 degrees.

Residents, Murray said, should expect high winds on Friday, with gusts of between 35 and 45 miles per hour in the afternoon and increasing Friday night and into Saturday, when gusts between 50 and 60 miles per hour could "dramatically reduce visiblity" and cause "near-blizzard conditions" for a period of about three hours Friday night.

Snow in general reduces visibility, Murray said; with near-blizzard conditions, visibility could drop to a quarter mile or less.

Ohhboy !!! February 07, 2013 at 04:15 PM
My pleasure Dave! Women in general need to be held more accountable for their actions, i.e. excessive spending of our hard earned income, unnecessary hair & nail treatments, multiple visits to major department stores, letting themselves get overweight & sloppy booze binges to top it off !!!
Ohhboy !!! February 07, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Those snow blowers pollute the enviorment. Why don't you have your wife shovel the driveway & you can fix the roof !!!
Lloyd Klee February 07, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Why do we rely on "the European model" to track weather in the US? Don't we have enough high-tech equipment to track our own weather?
John K Massaro February 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Hoping my snow blower will start! It's been sitting for two years...
chefcristo February 07, 2013 at 11:07 PM
dave, nice that you have a snowblower, but i'm hoping you can keep it in the garage for the rest of the winter..............starting tonight! ok, if you need to use it, i hope you have fun while i snuggle next to a fire with some mulled apple cider.


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