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East End now forecast to get up to 8 inches of snow

A National Weather Service radar image from March

A National Weather Service radar image from March 19, 2016. Credit: NWS

While some areas of Long Island were set to get a spring reprieve from the snow, forecasts predict up to 8 inches will fall on the East End.

The storm moving up the coast is set to bring 2 to 4 inches in Nassau County, Brooklyn and Queens, with heavier amounts on the South Shore, according to the National Weather Service in Upton.

Most of Suffolk County is forecast to get 3 to 4 inches with heavier accumulations of 6 to 8 inches on the North and South Forks.

The Hamptons and Montauk are forecast to catch the brunt of the storm that will move into southeastern Connecticut.

“The track of the storm is going to the East End,” meteorologist Carlie Buccola said. “The low pressure system will intensify as it moves east.”

The forcecast, issued Saturday afternoon, prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory for Nassau and western Suffolk that would be in effect from noon Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. On the East End, the weather service has issued a winter storm watch that will be in effect from Sunday afternoon until Sunday evening.

The storm is expected to start as rain heading into the early afternoon and then turn into snow by evening. Snow is forecast to continue overnight and not taper off until Monday morning’s commute.

“It will linger into the commute, but it will definitely be tapering off at that point,” Buccola said.

Because of the record high temperatures over the past two weeks, Faye Barthold, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Upton office, said the “possibility” for slick roads exists during this snowfall, but it won’t last.

“Anything that falls won’t stick around too long with 60 degrees in the forecast,” Barthold said.

Temperatures will again rise after the snow, with mid-40 degree temperatures on Wednesday jumping to about 60 on Thursday and Friday, she said.

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