'Gusty' Winds Continue Thursday; Snow Possibly Coming Soon

Accumulation on the East End likely if snow falls this weekend, forecasters predict.

Wednesday night's nor'easter left the East End with just under an inch of rain, but Mother Nature isn't finished -- snow could be on the way for the weekend, officials predict.

According to Joey Picca, meteorologist with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the heaviest precipitation from Wednesday night's nor'easter moved to the north Thursday morning, with low pressure moving away from the East End area.

Thursday, he said, could bring some showers and light rain, with some "gusty" winds upwards of 35 miles per hour "not out of the question." Sustained north/northwest winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour are expected Thursday, Picca said.

All in all, the East End saw just slightly less than an inch of rain Wednesday night, with Westhampton Beach reporting .99 of an inch, Montauk Point, .92 of an inch and Bridgehampton reportedly receiving .96 of an inch.

But Mother Nature's not finished: Snow could be on the way soon, experts predict.

According to Dan Hofmann, NOAA meteorologist, not too far behind Wednesday night's nor'easter, a new storm is brewing. Another dip in the jet stream could cause a low pressure area to develop near the southeastern United States or mid-Atlantic Coast, Hofmann said.

"Depending on the exact track, it looks like anything that falls could be mostly snow this time," Hofmann said.

Although it is not possible yet to predict exactly how much snow could fall on the East End, Hofmann said, an accumulation of snow is "definitely" a possibility.

"Some of the forecast models are little more aggressive in terms of the storm’s intensity," Hofmann said. "The more intense the storm, and the closer to the coast, the more potential for heavier snow. But the we can't really iron out the details at this point. It's a little early to say."


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