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No direct hit, but snow in Long Island's forecast

Melissa Mulcahy, of Selden, keeps her Chihuahua, Chico,

Melissa Mulcahy, of Selden, keeps her Chihuahua, Chico, warm during a walk in West Saville on a cold and frigid spring day, Monday, March 24, 2014. Credit: Randee Daddona

It looks like Long Island will dodge a weather bullet, as a potentially "classic nor'easter" is expected to pass far enough to the east Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to deliver only a glancing blow, forecasters say.

But, oh, what a bullet.

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 possible, as well as gusts up to 60 mph, the National Weather Service said.

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

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

About 1 to 4 inches is expected for the Island, with amounts diminishing from east to west, meaning the easternmost part of the Island could see 4 inches and western Nassau 1, said Joey Picca, National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton.

Light snow is expected to start Tuesday afternoon, and is likely to become steady by the evening and turn moderate overnight, with gusts up to 35 mph, he said. Snow is forecast to taper off by around daybreak Wednesday for Nassau, with possible snow showers lingering until about noon out east, he said.

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.

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