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(Update) Weather Service raises its predictions to 10-18 inches

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Friday PM: The National Weather Service has raised its precipitation counts predictions to 10 to 18 inches.

Click here for the NWS’s new snow accumulation potential maps.

Friday AM: A blizzard warning is now in effect across Long Island and the five boroughs, with the National Weather Service predicting strong, damaging winds, coastal flooding and predicting 7 to 12 inches of accumulation.

Related: Patchogue Village preps for blizzard

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The blizzard warning is in effect from 4 a.m. Saturday to noon Sunday, during which time temperates will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s. Heavier snow should start falling at 5 a.m.

The NWS says the blizzard should pack “heavy snow along with strong and potentially damaging winds, blowing and drifting snow and near zero visibilities” from Saturday afternoon into the evening.

A high surf advisory is also in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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About the author: Michael White

Michael White is a Bellport resident, longtime newspaper reporter and editor, and the owner of greaterpatchogue.com. Email him your story ideas or tips: mike@greaterpatchogue.com