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Eastern Suffolk could get 9 inches of snow, most of LI 2 to 4

Jen Nelson, of Patchogue, walks her dog, Valentino,

Jen Nelson, of Patchogue, walks her dog, Valentino, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, on a sidewalk along South Ocean Avenue. A storm Saturday dumped 2 to 8 inches of snow across Long Island. Credit: James Carbone

Snow blanketed much of Long Island on Saturday, accompanied by gusting winds, with eastern Suffolk County bearing the brunt of the storm, meteorologists said.

Most of Nassau and Suffolk counties were expected to get anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of snow before this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Snowfall totals in parts of the East End's twin forks were expected to reach as high as 9 inches, meteorologists said.

Nearly 3 inches of snow had already fallen in Mattituck shortly after 7 p.m., preliminary measurements showed, while 3 inches were recorded in Greenvale shortly before 7 p.m. As much as 41/2 inches had fallen in parts of the East End by 8 p.m.

The winter storm caused perilous driving conditions and icing on some area roads, authorities said, with several accidents reported in both counties. A de-icing vehicle at LaGuardia Airport struck a Delta plane on the runway Saturday night, Delta spokeswoman Sarah Lora said. None of the 149 passengers on Flight 2181 were injured, and they were to board another aircraft for the flight to Orlando, Lora said.

Driving winds arrived with the snow, making the air feel colder overnight, forecasters said. Wind speeds were expected to increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph Saturday night, with wind chill values falling into the teens, forecasters said.

The snow did not cause service interruptions on the Long Island Rail Road or major power outages, officials said.

No snow is forecast for Sunday and Monday.

But "we have another system coming on Tuesday, probably snow and rain; it's still too far away to really say how much snow versus rain," said Lauren Nash, a weather service meteorologist in Upton.

The earlier the precipitation arrives, the more likely it is to be rain, she said.

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