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"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST today... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...this morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,07:24 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

How does Winter Storm Nemo Stack Up Against Other Storms to Hit LI?

Nature & Weather, Local News

Nemo comes out on top as one of the top storms in recent history on Long Island.

Winter Storm Nemo  was touted by meteorologists as a storm of “historic” proportions, and historic it was - dumping 15 to nearly 34 inches of snow across eastern Long Island, while sparing much of Nassau County.  The snow accumulations of this storm may place it in the top five heaviest snowfalls in Long Island's recent history, but how does it compare to some of the recent storms Long Islanders have seen?

The snowfall of the winter storms of most recent years pale in comparison to Nemo, according to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The areas worst-hit by the blizzard of 2009 received up to 26 inches of snow, and the blizzard of 2010 only saw a maximum of 20 inches of snow in parts of Long Island – both less than towns like Upton that are currently buried under 33.5 inches of snow, followed closely by Commack and Huntington with about 29 inches of snow each.

Nemo’s statistics are nearly identical to those of the blizzard of ’78, which hit Long Island 35 years ago this past Wednesday.  The blizzard of ’78 had winds that gusted well over 60 miles per hour to cover most of Long Island in over 20 inches of snow, with many areas getting over two feet of snow.

The 1993 “Storm of the Century” saw stronger winds than Nemo, with 71 mile-per-hour winds clocked at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, but snow accumulation stayed around two feet for most areas.

More information will be released as it becomes available regarding statistics of Winter Storm Nemo.  Click here for more on town-by-town snowfall totals from Nemo.

Here is a sample of snow accumulations from major winter storms to hit Long Island:

Year

Approximate Max. Snow Accumulation Max. Wind Speed
2013 33.5 in. 50+ mph
2010 20 in. 58 mph
2009 26 in. 40 mph
2005 22.1 in. 73 mph
1996 24+ in. no data available
1978 24+ in. 86 mph

 

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