Upton, New York (MorichesDaily) – A blizzard is forecast to dump as much as 24 inches of snow on Long Island and New York City starting Monday, prompting warnings of dangerous conditions and the potential for stranded motorists, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
The weather service at Upton has issued a blizzard watch from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning as a powerful nor’easter bears down on the region. Long Island is expected to receive 14 to 18 inches of snow through Tuesday evening, bringing with it 35 mph winds or more.
Some flurries starting midday Monday will pick up in intensity by the evening. The snow will be heavy at times, and the potential for whiteout conditions. Parts of Long Island could see 12 to 24 inches of snow accumulation by late Tuesday afternoon.
The storm will also pack strong winds with gusts of up to 45 mph, leading to the possibility of power outages. These strong winds blowing off the ocean can cause coastal flooding with the worst flooding occurring from late on Monday night into Tuesday evening.
The storm could stall before it tracks out to sea, bringing high wind, heavy precipitation and the potential for coastal flooding, the National Weather Service said. It would be the second wallop for the Northeast after what happened Saturday, when a storm crawling up the East Coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England.
Those in the Northeast should prepare for the storm now and not wait until the snow starts to fall, especially for those across eastern New England.
People using shovels to clear the snow should take their time and take frequent breaks while shoveling to reduce the risk of heart-related injuries and fatalities.
Conditions will improve by Wednesday, allowing crews to begin the clean-up process in the wake of the storm. However, snow-free conditions should not be expected to last for too long, as a quick-moving clipper could deliver some fresh powder to the Northeast as early as Thursday.
Blizzard conditions mean visibility of a quarter-mile or les for at least three hours. Forecasters warned this storm could be similar to the blizzard in February 2013 when drivers were stuck on the Long Island Expressway. Motorists were urged to keep an emergency kit in their vehicles.