Brian FitzgeraldMar 7, 2018, 10:11 am

Weather alert: Up to 6 inches of snow, gusty winds expected on Long Island

Precipitation rates and winds expected to increase by Wednesday afternoon


LONG ISLAND — A winter storm warning is in place for Nassau County until Thursday 4 a.m.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Suffolk counties until Thursday 4 a.m.

Snow accumulations of three to six inches or more are expected along with strong gusty winds over 40 miles per hour. Eastern Suffolk County will likely see lower amounts in the range of one to three inches.

The morning commute will be a slow one with slick roads and visibility concerns.

By the afternoon, precipitation rates will increase and so will the winds. The Island could deal with heavy snow and rain for several hours in a row, making the evening commute treacherous.

Power outages could become widespread in spots. Motorists are advised to travel with caution.

A coastal flood warning is in effect for southern Nassau and Suffolk counties until Wednesday 4 p.m. Minor to possibly moderate flooding is expected during high tide cycles.

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