The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for all of Long Island, including Babylon, from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon. The previously issued Blizzard Watch and Winter Storm Watch have been cancelled by the National Weather Service.
The nor'easter forecasted to hit Long Island starting late this evening is expected to bring upwards of 10 inches to 15 inches of snow to the area, with locally higher amounts up wards of 16 to 18 inches.
Wind gusts associated with this classic New England nor'easter will range from 30 to 40 miles per hour with howling gusts hitting 60 miles per hour. Downed trees, tree limbs and flying debris could also be part of the problem and winds will also cause whiteout conditions and possibly down power lines, creating power outages.
The National Weather Service forecasts the strongest winds and heaviest snowfall will occur from Friday evening into Saturday morning, although snowfall should begin early Friday morning before switching over to rain throughout the day.
A Blizzard Warning mean severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring within the next 12 hours. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely.
A technical "Blizzard" would mean the following conditions over a period of three or more hours: sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or higher with considerable blowing and/or falling snow that frequently reduces visibility to less than a 1/4 of a mile.
Patch will continue to monitor the nor'easter as it approaches Long Island.