03/02/14 6:00am
03/02/2014 6:00 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Sunday to noon Monday, with meteorologists now calling for snow accumulations of about three to six inches across Long Island.

This is lower than earlier predictions of up to eight inches.

The forecast also includes 10 to 15 mph winds, with gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures will remain in the teens and 20s.


02/20/14 6:00pm
02/20/2014 6:00 PM

A pair of ponies in a snowy field on River Road in Calverton Friday morning. While this winter could shape up to be the second-snowiest in the past 30 years, warmer temperatures have been a welcome relief over the past couple of days. (Barbaraellen Koch photo)

With a month of winter still left, snowfall totals are just over an inch away from making 2013-14 the second-snowiest Long Island winter on record, meteorologists said.

The current winter season has already brought 57.5 inches of snow, according to National Weather Service recordings at Islip.  (more…)

02/17/14 8:00am
02/17/2014 8:00 AM
A beach snow woman created by Sophie, Victoria, and Anastasia Stapon in South Jamesport. (Sophie Stapon courtesy photo)

A beach snow woman created by Sophie, Victoria, and Anastasia Stapon in South Jamesport. (Sophie Stapon courtesy photo)

The National Weather Service is predicating more snow will hit the East End sometime after 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

“From Monday night to Tuesday morning, basically, we’re expecting light snow to fall sometime after 3 a.m. or 4 a.m.  Tuesday, and it’ll probably be out of here by noon on Tuesday,” said Pete Wichrowski of the National Weather Service in Upton.

A hazardous weather outlook reported by the NWS states that 1 to 2 inches near the coast, and 2 to 4 inland could be expected, though “there is some uncertainty in the amount of snowfall as warm air is drawn in off the Atlantic with a potential changeover to rain or a mix of rain and snow.”Monday will be dry but still chilly, with temperatures around 31 degrees, he said.

The National Weather Service’s seven-day forecast predicts no snow for the rest of the week and Thursday’s temperatures will hit a snow-melting high of 46 degrees.


02/15/14 1:00pm
02/15/2014 1:00 PM

It’s no bull, more snow is expected to hit the area this afternoon into tonight along with strong wind gusts. (Tim Gannon photo)

A mix of light snow and rain began falling shortly after noon Saturday, and the National Weather Service says  by the time this latest storm is done, there could be another four to eight inches on the ground.

The NWS’s winter storm warning for eastern Long Island remains in effect until 11 p.m. Saturday. The snow will be accompanied by winds of 15 to 25 mph, and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, according to NWS.

The heavier snow is expected to start later in the afternoon once the temperature dips.

“A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring,” according to the NWS. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency if you must travel.”

Temperatures will be in the low 30s, the NWS predicts, adding that the snow may briefly mix with rain in the afternoon.

Also expected are “hazard travel conditions due to reduced visibilities and snow covered roads, blowing and drifting of snow,” according to the NWS.

Meanwhile, PSEG Long Island says its is “monitoring the conditions and have line crews, tree trimmers, and support personnel ready to address any outages.”

The power company says that while snow alone isn’t usually an issue for utilities, the expected high winds forecast from Saturday afternoon and night does present an increased chance for downed wires.