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Weather Service: 'Significant winter storm' potential this weekend

Motorists travel on the snow-slicked LIE overpass at

Motorists travel on the snow-slicked LIE overpass at Waverly Avenue in Holtsville. (Dec. 10, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

Forecasters are looking at "the potential for a significant winter storm" Saturday into Sunday, according to a hazardous weather outlook that's been issued for Long Island.

The National Weather Service says there are "differences between the models" as to the storm's track and the type of precipitation to hit Long Island -- snow, rain or a mix.

As of Wednesday's readings, snow is indicated for the Island Saturday into Saturday night, changing to a rain/snow mix on Sunday, said Joe Pollina, weather service meteorologist based in Upton.

But with the storm track still in question and models that "aren't in total agreement," forecasters can't speak yet with confidence as to precipitation type and amount, he said.

As for the coming days, bundle up, as Pollina said that temperatures are expected to be on either side of 30 degrees on Thursday; in the low 30s on Friday, slightly higher on the Twin Forks; and in the mid-30s on Saturday.

Wednesday's high temperatures are expected to hover in the low 30s across Long Island.

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