Winter Storm Warning In Effect For Wednesday Night Into Thursday Afternoon As Niko Approaches

Up to 12 inches of snow is expected to drop on Long Island as a significant winter storm approaches the Tri-State area.

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Long Island beginning Wednesday night.

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A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for both Nassau and Suffolk County, as well as the TriState Region beginning late tonight, and lasting through Thursday afternoon. After initial estimates suggested that Long Island would be receiving about 6 inches of snowfall during tomorrow's storm, parts of Long Island may now receive up to 12 inches.

The snow from Winter Storm Niko will fall at the heaviest rate during the night, with heavy wet snow likely to transition into lighter, powered snow during Thursday afternoon. There is uncertainty about the amount of snow that may fall in the area, but preparations for at least 1-2 inches per hour should be taken.

Dangerous travel conditions are expected for Thursday morning, leading to a very messy commute and a strong likelihood of school closings. Visibility will be between ½ and ¼ mile, perhaps less, with wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.  Along Long Island's coasts, this could mean intense, blizzard-like conditions.

Temperatures will remain chilly throughout Thursday, with temperatures in the high 20s or low 30s expected in the morning and high 20s during the afternoon.

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

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

Although no closures have been announced for Thursday at this time, it is likely that there will be closures or delays announced, as Long Island braces for almost a foot of snowfall. Please visit our Long Island School Closures Page for regular updates of school closings in your district.

[Source: NWS]