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Long Island weather: Winter weather advisory Friday with up to 8 inches of snow expected

A plow truck is filled with sand as

A plow truck is filled with sand as New York State DOT employees work to prepare their equipment at the Melville maintenance yard for snow as Long Island braces for a storm that may bring up to 6 inches of snow to Long Island on Dec. 13, 2013. Credit: Steve Pfost

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Long Island on Friday with up to 8 inches of snow forecast for some areas, making for a potentially messy morning commute.

Snowfall in the 4-to-6-inch range is expected for eastern Long Island with 3 to 5 inches anticipated for the rest of the Island, according to the National Weather Service issued Thursday afternoon advisory.

But the service put out a winter storm warning Thursday night — to be in effect from 3 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. — saying that western Suffolk could get 5 to 8 inches of snow.

Winds are expected in the 10-to-20-mph range with gusts up to 30 mph, forecasters said. Visibilities could be as low as a quarter mile to a half mile at times, according to the advisory.

Meteorologists said the storm would start out as rain, beginning Thursday about 8 p.m., and turn to all snow by daybreak.

In a tweet late Thursday afternoon, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said public works crews “will begin brining roadways to prevent black ice during the morning commute.”

The anticipated heavy, wet snow, courtesy of a coastal low, follows a mild day on the Island.

Around 2 p.m. Thursday the temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport was 54 degrees.

“Yes, 50s to snow,” News 12 Long Island meteorologist Rich Hoffman said.

With Patricia Kitchen

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