NWS Issues Blizzard Warning for Long Island as Winter Storm Jonas Approaches

Written by Brian Re  |  22. January 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Long Island, which will be in effect from 4 AM on Saturday until 12 PM on Sunday. The Warning is blanketed across Long Island and includes New York City and coastal portions of Northeast New Jersey. This Blizzard Warning serves as an upgrade from the Blizzard Watch for the area that was reported yesterday.

Snow accumulations are expected in the range of 7 – 12 inches, with winds of 25 – 35 MPH and gusts reaching 50 MPH. Temps will stay in the upper 20s to the lower 30s for the period.

With visibility expected to be at a quarter mile or less, the NWS is advising that travel will be extremely dangerous during this time. Heavy snow and strong winds have a high probability of causing whiteout conditions, with secondary roads being impassable. The heavy snow combined with the high winds will create dangerous conditions for drivers, and could potentially down tree limbs and power lines, making roads impassible.

Numerous school districts have canclled the SAT seating, and some schools are closing tonight and tomorrow. Please visit our Long Island School Closures Page for regular updates of school closings in your district.

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

To get the latest traffic & road conditions before traveling this weekend, visit the LongIsland.com Traffic Center, and be sure to check out the live traffic feeds on our Traffic Cam Page.

[Source: NWS]

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