Storm expected to dump ‘heavy snow’ on Long Island starting Friday night

Benny Migliorino storm file photo from Pachogue.

A powerful winter storm that’s expected to produce blizzard conditions Friday and Saturday is prompting Long Islanders to prepare for snow, wind and colder temperatures.

Heavy snow and strong winds were forecasted to begin in parts of the Carolinas and Appalachia on Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The snow is expected to fall locally “after 10 p.m.”

The NWS has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday, with 9 to 14 inches of heavy snow expected.

“Travel will become very difficult to impossible,” the storm warning reads. “Gusty winds can bring down tree branches.”

The storm is expected to taper off Saturday evening, and Sunday looks sunny but cold, with an expected high of 27 degrees, according to the local forecast.

Colder forecast temperatures after the storm mean dangerous wind chills are possible Saturday night.

with Associated Press

Benny Migliorino storm file photo from Patchogue