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NWS: Saturday’s weather expected to be mostly rain, sleet

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Riverhead is expected to dodge the worst of the winter weather predicted to hit Long Island after midnight tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

While Saturday’s nor’easter was originally predicted to bring several inches of snow to the area, NWS meteorologist Joe Pollina said Friday morning to expect no more than 2 inches of snowfall. The snow is predicted to start after midnight and turn to a mix of rain and sleet by Saturday afternoon, Mr. Pollina said.

“The introduction of rain and sleet brings the snow total down for that area,” he said.

Still, he said, motorists should be cautious on the roadways.

“The weather could cause some headaches for commuters,” he said.

The storm is predicted to taper off completely by tomorrow evening, he said.

While there is no advisory issued for our area, there is a winter weather advisory in effect for western Suffolk County and Nassau County, where 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected to fall, Mr. Pollina said.

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