The old song goes, “Oh the weather outside is frightful But the fire is so delightful And since we’ve no place to go Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” I have to think that the person who wrote that song did not go through a massive hurricane, a follow up Nor’easter event, and two other major storms within just a few months. But, being Long Islanders we are suppose to be use to this right?
While Long Island may have missed out on accumulating snow in the last two storms on Dec. 20 and 26, but the next one has the bullseye right over Suffolk County. A snowstorm, set to strike Saturday, will bring accumulating snowfall with estimates from multiple meteorologists all over the place.
This new weather event will approach the Northeast in a classic winter storm pattern — heading up from the south in a northeastern direction. It will intensify over its travel, but eventually head out to the east. The snowstorm should start early in the day on Saturday, around 8 a.m., and begin to taper off around 8 p.m., bringing some 12 straight hours of continuous snowfall. So, if you were still shoveling snow from previous storms, you might not want to put the shovels away.
The National Weather Service is forecasting an all-snow event, although only about 2 inches of total snowfall. Other weather forecasters, including The Weather Channel, also have the same total, affected by possible mixing along the coast.
However, other forecasters are calling for even more snow during the event as well as very cold temperatures. But, that is not the only good news to come to Long Island through this event. Meteorologists are already watching another weather pattern that may turn into another snow event for the Long Island area. That would make four storms in a row within just a few weeks of each other.
Again, the snow may say, “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”, but I think that snow is mostly overrated at this point.