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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON ...SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION AND LOCALIZED WASHOVERS THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON... ...MINOR COASTAL FLOODING THIS AFTERNOON... * LOCATIONS...Vulnerable coastal locales in Southwestern Suffolk, including the Atlantic Ocean beachfront. * TIMING...During the times of high tide until 4 PM EST this afternoon. * COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...One to locally two feet of inundation above ground level is possible in low-lying areas near shorelines and tidal waterways. Some roads and low lying properties including parking lots, parks, lawns, and homes and businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * SHORELINE IMPACTS...The combination of elevated water levels and high surf along the ocean beachfront will result in significant beach erosion and areas of erosion to dune structures. Localized washovers are possible as well, resulting in some flooding of roadways and vulnerable structures behind protective dunes.

Wet Winter Mess Drops Less Snow than Predicted, but More to Come Tonight

A mixture of snow and drizzle is expected to continue today, intensifying overnight.

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Winter Storm Saturn dusted the Island with a smattering of wet snow and 40 mph wind gusts last night, but very little of what it dropped remains on the ground. Elevated temperatures made it difficult for the white stuff to stick early on, and what had accumulated overnight has already begun to melt after sunrise.

Clearly this is not the blizzard Long Islanders experienced with Nemo, but the storm is not over yet. Though the low pressure center of Saturn has come and gone, the storm is a slow moving one which still has its tail-end dragging across the Northeast. We certainly will not be seeing the 20 inches that blanketed the Virginias when Saturn came their way; however, a total of 2-4” in Nassau and 3-6” in Suffolk is expected to have dropped by midday tomorrow.

Much of that will melt throughout the day, but a winter weather advisory is still in effect through noon on Friday and temperatures will be in the 30’s again tonight, which will allow for more accumulation and icy roads in the early morning.

Mixed snow and rain will continue throughout the day, turning to mostly snow at night with wind gusts up to 35 mph. Motorists should expect slick roads over the next couple days with potential icy patches as the temperature drops again. The roads won’t likely be closing for this one, though it is still wise to drive with caution.