A winter storm warning has been put into effect for southeastern Suffolk County by the National Weather Service from 1 a.m. on Thursday morning to around midnight on Thursday night into Friday morning, totaling almost a full 24 hours. Heavy snow across the East End of Long Island can be expected, as well as high winds and potential power outages.
As of this morning, most of the East End should expect 5 to 8 inches of snow, starting for some parts of the island late tonight, but most of the storm will occur throughout Thursday, January 4. According to the warning, there may be places where an excess of a foot of snow is possible.
Montauk looks to be the only Hamptons town that is expecting less that the 5 to 8 inches of snow, with an anticipated snow and rain mix, accumulating between 3 and 5 inches.
Winds could also be high during the storm, with winds between about 25 and 40 mph—but gusts could be over 50 mph.
The National Weather Service advises residents to take precautionary action, as heavy snow can cause tree branches to fall, power lines to be down, and power outages are possible.
Since we aren’t expecting the snow until tomorrow, getting food, water, flashlights, and other provisions in preparation for the storm is important to do today, Wednesday.
- Winter Storm Warning for Southeast Suffolk County, New York [National Weather Service]