(East Farmingdale, NY)- The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning in effect for Suffolk County 7pm Friday through Saturday at 7pm. A Winter Storm Warning in effect for Nassau County 7pm Friday through 7pm Saturday. Snowfall rates could exceed one to two inches per hour. Winds could gust up to 65mph in spots. Dangerous driving conditions are expected. Blizzard-like conditions are expected on Long Island at times during the duration of the storm. WALK Meteorologist Pat Pagano, predicts that most of Long Island will see about a foot of snow or more, with higher amounts up to two feet possible on the East End.
Traveling should be avoided late Friday night through Saturday evening. The Long Island Rail Road, Nassau County NICE bus service and Suffolk County Transit may experience delays or suspensions during the height of the storm. Some local roadways may become impassable at times. White out conditions are expected and visibility may become greatly reduced. If you need to travel, bring emergency supplies with you including but not limited to; a supply of food, a warm blanket and a shovel. Smithtown Public Safety, tweeted Friday for residents to remove vehicles, garbage cans and basketball hoops from the street to help Highway crews with storm clean up.
Long Island MacArthur Airport posted on their website Friday that there are flight cancellations ahead of the storm and is urging travelers to contact their specific airline; Frontier, Southwest and American Airlines for more detailed information.
Coastal flooding is a concern for the North and South Shores as well as the Peconic Bay and Twin Forks through Sunday morning at times of high tide. Coastal flooding is expected to be one to two feet above ground. Wave heights could top eight feet on the ocean and five feet on the Long Island Sound. Coastal erosion is also expected.
Power outages are possible as winds are expected to gust upwards of 50 to 65mph on Saturday. PSEG Long Island said Friday that “more than 900 line workers, tree trimmers, surveyors and other utility personnel will be dedicated to the restoration on Saturday.” To report an outage, text the word OUT to PSEGLI (773454)
The WALK 97.5 New York Cancer and Blood Specialist Storm Center will be open with closing and delay information as it becomes available.
Photo: NOAA Satellite January 28, 2022.