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Long Island forecast: Winter weather advisory Thursday a.m.


Zelma "Cookie" Henry of Long Beach strolls along the Long Beach boardwalk Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Credit: Barry Sloan

A winter weather advisory was in effect for Long Island through 10 a.m., with 2 to 3 inches of snow expected to make for potentially hazardous driving conditions during the Thursday morning commute.

Flakes were expected to be flying through the morning rush, so drivers should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.

Any banding could mean a few spots on the Island could come closer to 4 inches, said Faye Morrone, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Upton, on Wednesday night.

The snow was expected to be “light and fluffy,” as opposed to the wet and heavy variety that fell over the weekend, she said.

Timing is the main concern, she said, not so much the amount.

Indeed, the system that’s to be just to the south of Long Island “will be moving to the east and quickly out to sea,” weather service meteorologist Ross Dickman said in a video on social media. That means not “a tremendous amount of snow, but definitely enough to cause impacts to the early morning commute.”

Blowing snow also could be in the picture, primarily for eastern Long Island, with west, then northwest, winds gusting to around 20 mph, the weather service said.

Snowfall amounts could shift, depending on the track of the system.

By Thursday afternoon, expect mostly sunny skies but continuing cold conditions, Morrone said.

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