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Long Island forecast: Up to 7 inches of snow Monday

David Colon uses his snowblower to clear a

David Colon uses his snowblower to clear a snow covered pathway on Mineola Boulevard on Friday, February 14, 2014, in Mineola. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Dry and fluffy snow is expected to begin falling on Long Island on Sunday evening, though meteorologists scaled back the amount to 5 to 7 inches.

Earlier forecasts indicated 8 to 10 inches of snow would accumulate by Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Lower totals are expected on the North Shore and higher totals are expected on the South Shore, Joey Picca, a meteorologist at the service's Upton office, said Saturday afternoon.

After midnight Sunday, 1 to 2 inches are expected to have accumulated, Picca said.

Forecasters said the storm is tracking farther south. By Monday morning's commute, between 3 and 5 inches is expected to have fallen, Picca said.

"The morning commute will be the most impacted time," Picca said. "Once it moves out late in the day, we should be good going into Monday night."

With Patricia Kitchen

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