UPDATE: Snow totals lowered for spring storm starting Sunday

03/19/2016 9:30 AM |

Riverhead snow

Update 9:30 a.m.: The National Weather Service scaled back the predicted snow totals on Saturday morning for a storm that is expected to impact the area beginning Sunday afternoon.

Meteorologist Faye Barthold said the North Fork has the potential to receive four inches of snow.

“In general Long Island is expected to get 2-3 inches, but there’s the potential for four inches as you move out east on the forks,” Ms. Barthold said.

The snow will start during the day Sunday with the heaviest snow coming in the evening around 5-6 p.m., Ms. Barthold said. It’s expected to taper off overnight into Monday morning.

“People need to be careful,” she said. “It may be March 20, but it’s still a snowstorm.”

Warmer weather will quickly follow the snow and dry weather is predicted for the remainder of the week.

-NICOLE SMITH

ORIGINAL STORY: Thought winter was over? Not quite, according to the National Weather Service.

Despite spring’s arrival on Sunday, another snowstorm bringing below-normal temperatures and gusty winds could dump more than 6 inches of snow throughout the day into Monday morning.

Meteorologist Faye Barthold said the storm — which will be caused by an area of low pressure off the Carolina coast this weekend — is expected to strike Sunday afternoon and continue through the day and night.

While Long Island could see between 4 to 6 inches of snow, Ms. Barthold said the North Fork might see even higher amounts.

In addition, wind gusts are predicted to be 30 miles per hour in some places, according to forecasts.

No weather advisories are in effect as of Friday morning, she said.

Temperatures on the day of the storm are expected to be in the mid 30s, which is at least 10 degrees below normal.

Monday won’t be much warmer, with highs in the lower 40s. Ms. Barthold said the weather should warm up by Thursday when highs are expected to get close to 60 degrees.

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