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Predicted Snowfall on Long Island Increased, More to Come Tomorrow

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Many schools closed after the NWS increased its original prediction of 4-6 inches, and even more snow could come tomorrow.

Update – February 4, 2014 – For information on the second snowstorm of the week, click here.

Original Story
The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook yesterday and has since upgraded the region from a Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning. The watch remains in effect from 5 AM this morning until 7 PM tonight.

Long Island will bear the brunt of the storm alongside New York City, with the worst of it coming before 9 AM. Up to two inches of snow could fall per hour this morning, with visibility as poor as a quarter mile at times.

A mix of light rain and snow changed to a heavier snowfall before daybreak. Between 4-8 inches are expected to accumulate today, as temperatures are unlikely to peak above 32° and winds will blow between 10-13 mph. Temperatures will dip down around 24° overnight, and an additional 1-3 inches of snow could fall on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has also issued a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow night heading into Wednesday afternoon. Presently the watch is only in place for Nassau County, which might receive an extra inch more than Suffolk as well as ice accretion of one tenth to a quarter-inch.

“A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” the NWS said. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency.”

Many schools have already closed, and you can get the latest updates on School Closures for Long Island right here

For the most up to date weather information, visit the LongIsland.com Weather Center, where you can find the latest weather forecasts, advisories, and more.

[Source: National Weather Service]

Photo via the National Weather Service's Official Facebook Page.
Weather Video via NWS YouTube Page.

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