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Storm update: There’s a ‘low potential’ of more than 12 inches

Wednesday: The National Weather Service is now reporting that there’s a moderate chance of six-plus inches of snow and a low potential for more than 12 inches being dumped on the Long Island area with the approaching storm.

The storm is still predicted to hit Long Island Friday night and track through Saturday into Sunday.

Check out these snow accumulation potential maps.

Tuesday PM: The National Weather Service says a storm working its way across the U.S. is expected to strengthen rapidly as it approaches the East Coast Friday and could dump “at least” six inches of snow on Long Island.

The prediction also indicates sustained wind speeds of 30-40 mph, with gusts up to 50-60 mph as the storm hits Friday night through Saturday. There’s also a chance of widespread moderate tidal flooding around the time of high tides Saturday into Saturday night.

If the storm tracks farther west that could cause snow to mix with — or change to — sleet and rain across eastern Long Island. And if it tracks farther south, that would result in less snow.

The intensity of the storm will affect its wind speeds and potential impact on coastal flooding.

Click here for a full NWS briefing with satellite images.

Tuesday AM: The National Weather Service is reporting it appears more likely a major storm will be hitting Long Island Friday night, and that the weather could last beyond Saturday into Sunday.

“There is growing potential for a major winter storm Friday night into Sunday,” reads a hazardous weather outlook issued early Tuesday. “This storm could produce heavy snow, strong winds and significant coast flooding.”

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

Monday: The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook Monday for this coming weekend, indicating there is a chance of a winter storm hitting the area.

The storm would hit late Friday through Saturday, according to the statement. The outlook is in effect for all of Suffolk and Nassau counties and the five boroughs.

The statement offers no prediction on accumulation amounts, should the storm hit.

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