Patchogue (WALK) - If you have plans to be out and about late this afternoon or evening, you may want to rethink those plans.
A blizzard warning takes effect for all of Long Island at 6 PM tonight and continues into tomorrow as a big storm approaches the region. WALK 97.5 FM meteorologist Pat Pagano predicts periods of snow today, with a dusting to an inch of snow expected, before the worst of the storm arrives in the evening. Pat expects most of us to see 6" to 10" on the ground by morning, or even a foot of snow in some areas, especially the East End.
Forecasters say travel conditions could be treacherous tonight, with gusty winds and poor visibility on the roads. The blizzard warning continues until 1 PM on Friday.
There's a chance that the Long Island Expressway and other local highways in the area could be shut down by today's afternoon commute. Governor Cuomo says that move is being considered to avoid a repeat of Long Island's last big snowstorm in February, which left the LIE and other major roads littered with stranded vehicles. That storm hit during the afternoon commute, as drivers were headed home from work.
This storm will arrive barely a day after Long Island's new power company assumed control of the region's electric grid. PSEG officially took over from LIPA yesterday and is now managing most operations on Long Island, including storm response. PSEG has promised to do a better of job of getting the lights back on and keeping them on when a storm hits.
For a list of the latest snow closings and cancellations on Long Island, click here.