The Latest: Winter Storm Watch

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winterFor anyone dreaming of a white New Year, you might just get it. While we didn’t see much, if any, snow on New Year’s Eve, that could soon change.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Manhasset area and the rest of Long Island for Thursday evening through Friday afternoon.

Accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are possible, according to the NWS, beginning Thursday, Jan. 2 at 6 p.m. through Friday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.

The storm has the potential to bring heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions along the coast.

Dangerously cold wind chills are also expected during this time with temperatures dropping into the lower teens Thursday night through Friday afternoon and wind chills of 5 to 10 below zero.

There is a chance of light snow late Wednesday evening, mainly after midnight with a possible accumulation of less than a half inch.

On Thursday, snow is likely after 3 p.m. with new accumulation of about an inch possible. Snow is expected to worsen Thursday night when wind chill values fall as low as zero with new accumulation of 3 to 7 inches of snow.

On Friday, snow is expected to stop before 11 a.m. with a slight chance of snow through 1 p.m.

Things clear up Friday night with a low temperature of 7 degrees and on Saturday the sun comes out raising temperatures to around 24 degrees.

On the map above, blue signifies a winter storm watch.

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Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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