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Forecast: Not much snow, but plenty of wind, expected as nor'easter delivers glancing blow to LI

Bundled-up commuters at the Long Island Rail Road

Bundled-up commuters at the Long Island Rail Road train station in Ronkomkoma this morning, March 25, 2014. Credit: James Carbone

As far as snowstorms go, it's good news for Long Island: We're going to dodge a weather bullet.

A potentially classic nor'easter will push north and east of the region starting Tuesday night, the National Weather Service said, delivering only a glancing blow when it comes to snow, but making spring feel like a windy winter.

In fact, with strong winds expected, a wind advisory is in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service.

As for the snow, most of Long Island may see up to 1 inch of snow, but eastern Suffolk, primarily the Hamptons and the North Fork, could get 2 to 4 inches, said meteorologist David Stark at the service's Upton office.

Some flakes may fall as early as 7 p.m. Tuesday, but anyone who wants to see what may be winter's last big hoorah will have to stay up late, the service said. Most of the snow will fall overnight, ending by 6 a.m., meteorologists said.

Stark said the big event Wednesday won't be the snow, but rather wind gusts of up to 45 mph, making temperatures feel as low as the upper teens even though the sun will be shining by afternoon.

"Winter does not want to completely go away just yet," Stark said.

Tuesday's colder air has already made its mark -- a record low for this date of 18 degrees was recorded at 6:12 a.m. at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. The temperature erased the previous record low of 20 in 1992, the Upton office said.

This after two new daily records were set Monday, one for a low maximum temperature of 34 degrees, breaking the 2013 record of 41. The other was for a new daily low of 20 degrees, beating out the previous record of 22 set in 1997.

The service has issued a gale warning for coastal waters around the Island, forecasting winds building up to 46 mph by Wednesday daytime. For farther out in the ocean, the service has issued a hurricane force wind warning on gusts of up to 75 mph Wednesday.

When it comes to the incoming storm, other parts of the Northeast won't be so fortunate.

The system Wednesday is expected to bring hurricane-type conditions to the seas off the New England coast, where a hurricane-force wind watch is in effect.

Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard are under a blizzard watch, with a possible 6 inches of snow or more expected, as well as gusts up to 60 mph, the service said.

From there, the storm barrels up the coast to pummel the Canadian Maritimes, forecasters said.

But "luckily," Long Island is expected to be hit with just the edge of this "very powerful East Coast storm," said Bill Korbel, a meteorologist with News 12 Long Island, which is owned by Cablevision, as is Newsday.

Even though the storm appears to be tracking to the east and is looking to be not as "impactful" as initially thought, PSEG Long Island is still conducting its usual system checks, said spokesman Jeffrey Weir, such as making sure supplies are on hand and vehicles are fueled.

With Gary Dymski and Patricia Kitchen

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