Forecasters: Potential storm not likely to impact LI

Mother Nature may finally give Long Island a break.

While earlier indicators pointed to a potential storm system heading our way set to disrupt the days leading up to Thanksgiving, more recent "forecast guidance" is for an offshore system that is not likely to impact Long Island, said Tim Morrin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton.

With the atmosphere being what it is, Morrin said it's wise to keep an eye on the forecast in coming days. While conditions can certainly change, he said, the most recent forecast models indicate the system will track far enough out to sea early-to-mid next week that no effects are expected on Long Island.

As of Wednesday the system looked to be weaker and "further off shore than the last nor'easter and certainly than [superstorm] Sandy," said James Aman, meteorologist with Germantown, Md.-based Earth Networks, which operates a weather observation network.

Indeed, a weather service discussion issued early Thursday said "there is still a low possibility of a coastal storm developing early next week," but most recent models are indicating two low pressure systems, one "very weak," with both keeping "well offshore."

At present, next week's forecast through Wednesday "sounds like a broken record," Morrin said -- cloudy skies, no moisture and highs in the low 50s.

Likewise, for this Friday and the weekend, he said, expect partly or mostly sunny skies, with highs in the low 50s.

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