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Long Island weather: Several inches of snow expected Saturday

A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself

A woman uses an umbrella to shield herself from the wintry mix as she walks down Main Street in Babylon during the snowstorm on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Credit: Barry Sloan

Forecasters were calling for possibly several inches of snow Saturday for much of Long Island.

With the system taking a more westerly track, precipitation was expected to be primarily snow — wet and widespread. The South Fork, however, could first see rain and then, at times, a rain/snow mix, the National Weather Service said.

“Overall, a light to moderate snowfall can be expected through early Sunday morning,” the weather service said in its regional summary.

As of Thursday night, forecasters said 3 to 4 inches was predicted for Nassau and five inches for most of Suffolk, with 2 inches for the South Fork. But, should the track vary, there was also the chance for an added inch or so for those areas - as well as the opposite, with considerably less snow, said Joe Pollina, weather service meteorologist in Upton.

“Still not looking like a blockbuster snow,” said Richard Von Ohlen, News 12 meteorologist, “but enough that there will likely be significant travel impacts for Saturday.”

Temperatures Saturday were forecast to come in at around 35 degrees for highs, just slightly cooler for lows overnight into Sunday.

Sunday was looking to be partly sunny, warming up only to around 37 degrees.

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