The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for all of Nassau County, including Mineola, from 6 a.m. Friday through Saturday afternoon.
The nor'easter forecasted to hit Long Island starting late this evening is expected to bring upwards of 10-15 inches of snow to the area, with locally higher amounts.
Wind gusts associated with this classic New England nor'easter will range from 30-40 mph with howling gusts hitting 60 mph. 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 NWS forecasts the strongest winds and heaviest snowfall will occur from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, although snowfall should begin early Friday morning.
A Blizzard Warning is issued when extreme weather is expected: Falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities – it is considered more serious than the previous Winter Storm Watch.
A technical "Blizzard" would mean the following conditions over a period of three or more hours: sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 mph 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!