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Back end of ‘powerful’ storm to dump 6 inches of snow on Long Island; 1-3 inches in NYC, NJ

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NEW YORK — The first round of snow this week has started falling in parts of Long Island Monday morning and it will continue into the evening throughout the tri-state area.

Car9HxJW4AATp2gPIX11 meteorologist Linda Church said the "powerful" Nor'easter will bring up to 6 inches of snow on Long Island and between 1 to 3 inches in New York City and New Jersey. It could've been much worse, according to Church, who said the winter storm won't be a "direct hit" to our area.

A Winter Weather Advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m. for the five boroughs and northern and eastern suburbs, according to the National Weather Service. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Suffolk County until 6 p.m., the agency said.

A growing number of schools on Nassau and Suffolk counties have closed or are opening with delays due the morning snow. See the complete list here.

The brunt of the incoming snowstorm will come between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. but the storm is expected to linger for hours after that, well into the evening, in the form of flurries. Winds are expected to reach 25 to 30 mph over the eastern sections of the tri-state area.

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Advisory for the coastal areas of New Jersey, Nassau and Suffolk counties. It will remain in effect until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Minor coastal flooding was reported Monday morning, including in Hoboken where tracks at the New Jersey Transit train station were under multiple inches of water, according to witness photos posted online. PIX11 viewers in Queens also reported coastal flooding.

No transit issues were reported by NJ Transit or PATH as of 8:45 a.m.

Monday's snow is just the start of a stretch of winter weather forecast to grip the region.

Tuesday will be cloudy with scattered snow showers as weak low pressure moves through the region.  The high temperature will be 33 in the city and mid 30s in the suburbs.

Wednesday will be cloudy with snow showers early followed by gradual clearing in the afternoon. The high temperature will be 36 in the city and mid 30s in the suburbs.