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Long Island weather: Cold, windy and possible weekend snow

 The storm energy was coalescing off the West Coast Wednesday night, forecasters say, and is expected to move east toward the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days.

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning for the Long Island Sound until 6 p.m. Wednesday and for ocean waters until 6 p.m. Thursday. Photo Credit: Newsday

Long Island could feel the edge of a snowstorm that's developing in the Pacific Ocean and heading this way for the weekend, meteorologists said.

It's too early to tell how much snow might hit the Island, starting some time after 6 p.m. Saturday and into Sunday, but the chance of snow so far is not high, about 40 percent,  said meteorologist Joe Pollina at the National Weather Service in Upton. The storm energy was coalescing off the West Coast on Wednesday night, he said, and is expected to move east toward the mid-Atlantic states over the next few days.

But that's as far as the certainty goes in terms of a local snowcast.

"There's still a good deal of uncertainty with this system," Pollina said. "There's just too many scenarios at this point."

The storm could track south, meaning the Island would get light or no snow, News 12 Long Island meteorologists said. If the storm tracks north, there could be moderate to heavy snowfall, they said.

"A little change in direction can make a big change in what we see," News 12 Long Island meteorologist Bill Korbel said.

For the next few days, it will be dry and sunny but temperatures will barely hit the freezing mark, meteorologists said.

The windchill will make it feel colder, they said. Gusts of up to 40 mph will continue for the next few days, with the weather service warning of possible isolated cases of downed wires and small tree limbs.

 The service issued a gale warning for ocean waters until 6 p.m. Thursday.

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