PATCHOGUE, NY (MorichesDaily) — A dangerous and potentially historic snowstorm will hit New England as a blizzard Friday and Friday night, with the height of the storm occurring late Friday into Friday night.
A blizzard warning is officially in effect across Long Island and the New York Metro area. Long Islanders are preparing for a winter storm that could bring more than a foot of snow and winds strong enough to blow down trees and knock out power to thousands of homes.
Only hours from now, the Tri-State Area is expected to be blanketed with heavy snow and rain, and bashed by powerful winds.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for New York City, Long Island, northeastern New Jersey, all of Connecticut and southern Westchester County. It will be in effect starting 6 a.m. Friday through 1 p.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service adjusted its snow accumulation prediction upward Friday morning, saying as much as 24 inches of snow may fall on the Island, with higher amounts potentially on the East End.
In a region still recovering from superstorm Sandy, highway crews checked road salt supplies, the Long Island Rail Road added extra trains Friday afternoon, and government officials warned everyone to keep off the roads Friday night.
Significant travel delays will occur throughout the Northeast on the roads, at the airports and on the rails. Travel will likely be shut down across much of New England. These effects will last into much of the weekend.
Wind gusts up to 45 mph are expected with temperatures falling into the 20s by Friday evening. Visibilities will be one quarter mile or less at times.
The strongest winds and heaviest snow will occur Friday evening into Saturday morning. With near hurricane force winds off the tip of Long Island possible.