Blizzard Warning In Effect For Both Nassau County & Suffolk County

Snow accumulations in the range of 12-18 inches are now expected as Winter Storm Niko arrives on Long Island.

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Nassau County and Suffolk County are under a Blizzard Warning until 6 PM tonight.

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The rapidly deteriorating conditions from Winter Storm Niko have both Suffolk County and Nassau County under a Blizzard Warning until 6 PM this evening.  This update marks an elevation for Nassau County, which was previously under a Winter Storm Warning, while New York City remains under a Winter Storm Warning.

Likely snow accumulations have risen dramatically, with the current forecast indicating 12-18 inches for communities on Long Island.  Snow will be falling at a rate of up to 3 inches per hour, creating whiteout conditions and visibilities at just ¼ mile. Frigid temperatures in the 20s are also expected throughout the morning and afternoon.

Sustained winds of 25-35 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph will lead to hazardous travel and potential power outages.  Both Nassau County and Suffolk County are covered under a Hazardous Weather Outlook as well today until 6 PM.

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[Source: NWS]