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Snowstorm will dump up to 6 inches in parts of New York area, with Long Island getting the most

NEW YORK — Parts of New York City and Long Island are reporting light snow as the first winter storm of the season is taking shape and could blanket portions of the New York area this weekend with moderate snowfall, with Long Island getting the worst of it.

The bustling holiday shopping weekend will feature cold temperatures and snow, prompting a winter weather advisory for New York City and much of the tri-state that begins Saturday morning and covers most of the tri-state area, with 3 to 6 inches possible by Sunday morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through Saturday Evening for NYC, Nassau County in Long Island, northern & Central NJ, and the Hudson Valley while a Winter Storm Warning is effect through Saturday Evening for Suffolk County Long Island, and coastal Connecticut.

Moderate snow will continue this afternoon and evening and begin to taper off overnight.

Total accumulations will be 3 to 6 inches for NYC, Western Long Island, and northeastern NJ.  1 to 3 inches for the Hudson Valley.  4 to 7 inches for Suffolk County and southwestern New Jersey, and temperatures will fall after the storm departs into the mid 20s in the city and low 20s for the suburbs.

This storm system is the same one bringing rain and even snow to places as far away as south central Texas.

If the storm pushes farther west, the entire area will get even more snow. The track will be essential.

Whatever happens, it will be cold enough for accumulating snow, initially covering  grassy surfaces but as they days wears on, it will blanket all surfaces.

Saturday will see highs of 32 degrees, and a low of 30 degrees. Sunday will be slightly warmer, with a high of 38.

Snow-covered roadways and limited visibility are possible, with drivers urged to use caution.

Next week, brutal blasts of Canadian air will keep temperatures only in the 20s mid-week, and the snow won't be going anywhere with all that cold air. We are facing some flurries on Monday, but at this time, it does not look like a big weather-maker.

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