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Winter storm warning issued for parts of Long Island, Connecticut

Posted at 7:28 AM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 20:11:17-05

NEW YORK — The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for eastern Long Island and southeast Connecticut. The warning is in effect from 7 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday.

According to the NWS, eastern Long Island and southeast Connecticut could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow. Wind gusts could reach 25 mph.

It'll be an icy one-two punch for much of the tri-state area as a second storm bears down on the region, with a snow alert in effect for New York City and a winter storm watch for parts of the area.

Unlike Friday's overnight storm, Saturday's system is forecast to pass offshore Saturday morning through the evening, but still deliver trace amounts to 3 inches for NYC, northern New Jersey and Connecticut, and 3 to 6 inches in coastal sections of New Jersey, central New Jersey and eastern Long Island.

The snow could develop across central New Jersey by daybreak and move into New York City and Long Island by mid- to late morning. The snow will be heaviest during the afternoon before it starts to taper off in the city by the evening.

The storm will linger across Long Island longer before it moves out of the area by midnight or so.

A winter storm warning and a winter weather advisory has been issued for central and southern New Jersey and Suffolk County on Long Island.

A snow alert has been issued for the five boroughs starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, meaning the city is preparing its salt spreaders, plows and tire chains in case they're needed.

The new warnings come after a winter weather advisory ended early Friday for the five boroughs and Long Island. The wintery conditions that ended the work week prompted several delayed openings for Long Island and New Jersey schools.

Much of the region received 1 to 4 inches from the overnight storm that ended Friday morning.

Brisk temperatures will continue through the weekend. Highs in the city are forecast to hit 27 degrees on Saturday and 25 degrees on Sunday. Skies will clear out then, but the gusty wind will make it feel like more in the teens.

Temperatures will move back up above the freezing mark by the start of next week, bringing plenty of sun.

But watch out for another storm approaching Tuesday into Wednesday. That storm system is expected to bring a wintry mix before changing completely into rain as warmer air moves in.

By Wednesday temperatures are expected to climb into the 50s and the mild air is expected to stay through the latter half of the week.

PIX11's Joe Punday and Andrew Cruz contributed to this report.