A historic early season snowstorm has hit Lindenhurst, Long Island and the entire New York tri-state region. As a result the National Weather Service has issued numerous warnings for the area and a statement about the Saturday storm.
“Heavy bands of wet snow will continue to affect the area through 5 p.m., with snow fall rates of one to possibly two inches per hour,” said the NWS in a special weather statement.
“Embedded thunder will also be possible. This will result in dangerous travel conditions with snow and slush covered roads and visibilities reduced to a quarter of a mile or less at times,” the NWS continued. “This is a dangerous storm, with non-essential travel not recommended.”
A high wind warning is among the weather warnings the NWS has issued for the Lindenhurst area.
It’s in effect until 6 a.m. Sunday due weather predications including “damaging winds late today through tonight across coastal locations of New York, [including southwestern Suffolk], and southern Connecticut,” the weather agency said.
Strong and damaging winds are forecast from the North at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph, according to the NWS.
“There’s the potential for downed trees and power lines. The threat for this will be enhanced in areas where snow accumulates on trees with leaves,” the agency noted.
“The strong winds will make driving difficult, and sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more could lead to property damage.”
A storm warning is also in effect until late tonight, according to the NWS, for the South Shore bays from Jones Inlet through Shinnecock Bay, Long Island Sound and New York Harbor.
“Widespread minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected during the times of high tide today and tonight,” according to the NWS, “as is high surf for the South-facing shores of long island this afternoon and tonight.”
A Winter storm warning is also in effect until 6 a.m. on Sunday for points north of the Island.
“A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow and strong winds are expected,” said the NWS. “This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, then keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”