Glen Cove Under Winter Storm Watch as Nor'easter Approaches

Long Island could see upwards of 6 to 10 inches of snow before storm passes on Saturday.

Get the shovels, snow blowers and rock salt ready – Long Island is in for a big snowstorm beginning Friday. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of Long Island, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning as a classic Nor'easter bears down on the area starting Thursday evening.

The low-pressure storm is expected to deepen and intensify off of the New Jersey and Long Island coastlines, wrapping in more cold air from the north and bringing down even more precipitation in its wake.

According to the watch issued by the National Weather Service, the storm will bring snow accumulations of 6 inches to 10 inches across Long Island, with locally higher amounts possible depending on the track of the storm.

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.

Areas north of Long Island, including Rhode Island and the eastern Massachusetts area are under blizzard watches as the storm is expected to dump historic amounts of snow in those locations.

A Winter Storm Watch is issued by the National Weather Service when there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulation that may impact travel within the next 24-to-48 hours.

Stay tuned to Patch as we continue to monitor the Nor'easter.

Aquilina Seacliffs February 07, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Nor'easters don't come up the coast from the southwest. They come down from, wait for it... the northeast. Just sayin'.
Micah Danney February 07, 2013 at 05:28 AM
Nice catch haha, correction made
tj February 07, 2013 at 11:06 AM
i know weather is hard to predict.....but it seems like the weather reports these days are horrible....Just very off in their predictions and it seems like at times they weather men are told what to say rather then what they feel.....Even if we get all rain or 1 in,,,,big headlines and take of POTENTIAL Storms will get everyone out and buy buy buy......
rectangular February 08, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Most nor'easters do come up the coast, and pretty much all weather comes to us from the west. The "Northeast" in Nor'easters refers to where the wind comes from as it circles the low pressure area, NOT where the storm itself comes from. So Micah, you shouldn't eat too much crow (you're probably being nice).
Eileen Coles February 08, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Nope rectangular, a Nor'easter is a type of storm specific to northern New England. We very rarely get them down here. Most of the time Long Island weather behaves as you describe, but that is why our storms are not called Nor'easters. It's a sailor's term from the days when Boston was a major port of call and those storms could destroy ships. Once you've been through a real Nor'easter you don't forget.


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