Blizzard, Coastal Flood Watch in Effect for South Fork

National Weather Service says Twin Forks are particularly vulnerable to flooding and erosion.

The National Weather Service has issued blizzard and coastal flood watches for all of Suffolk County from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, stating that "significant beach erosion" is possible on the South Fork. The previously issued winter storm watch has been canceled.

The South Fork is expected to get light snow Friday morning, then 5 to 10 inches of snow accumulation Friday night, followed by more snow Saturday.

"We're expecting a nor'easter," said David Stark, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office at Upton. Stark said light snow is expected to begin Friday morning or afternoon, changing over to rain and then back to snow Friday night, with up to a foot of snow expected by the time the snow stops on Saturday.

"Being out on the roads on Friday night and into Saturday could be very hazardous," Stark said. "The worst conditions are expected Friday night."

Wind gusts associated with this classic New England nor'easter will range from 25 to 35 miles per hour, with howling gusts hitting 60 miles per hour. Downed trees, tree limbs and flying debris will be part of the problem — winds will also cause whiteout conditions and possibly down power lines, creating power outages.

The National Weather Service forecasts the strongest winds and heaviest snowfall will occur from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning, although snowfall should begin early Friday morning.

A blizzard watch is issued when there is potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities — it is considered more serious than the previous winter storm watch.

A technical "blizzard" would mean the following conditions over a period of three or more hours: sustained wind or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or higher with considerable blowing and/or falling snow that frequently reduced to less than a quarter of a mile.

The National Weather Service expects 5- to 7-foot waves hitting the Twin Forks Friday night, on top of the high tide, potentially causing widespread flooding of shore roads and basements, causing numerous road closures. "Lives may be at risk for people who put themselves in harm's way," the weather service states.

Jaguar-Guy February 07, 2013 at 02:44 PM
christie nicolle February 07, 2013 at 05:26 PM
may the blizzard + nor'easter go in Obama's direction ... + he's finally gone with the wind.
tm February 07, 2013 at 05:50 PM
what a child
NYC Beach February 07, 2013 at 06:15 PM
What a completely ridiculous thing to post, to think, to say. You lost the election big time. Now go away.
Chloe 1 February 07, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Snow= another source of income for people. If your lucky enough to own a plow. I love the snow.
christie nicolle February 07, 2013 at 11:28 PM
maybe if America is lucky, the blizzard winds will cause power outages at the white house + Obama will not be heard. Oh joy!
George Lynch February 08, 2013 at 04:58 AM
In three posts above, "christie nicolle" has gone from childish to vindictive to deranged. I think this one bears watching, Brendan.
Sharon Tompkins February 08, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Glad I'm in Mexico!
joe hampton February 08, 2013 at 11:04 AM
White filth glad Im in Florida by the pool
christie nicolle February 08, 2013 at 02:50 PM
hey Patch, someone just used my name... please find out who the culprit is... let me guess, it has to be some liberal kook.
christie nicolle February 08, 2013 at 02:54 PM
George, the post above yours is NOT mine! Some left wing kook is using my name... this stuff happens .. hope Patch blocks them. As for my wishing the blizzard would hit the white house + prevent America from hearing Obama's lies... that one is mine!
George Lynch February 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM
So it's just childish and vindictive, but not deranged. Got it.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) February 08, 2013 at 03:38 PM
The post by the impersonator has been deleted, and the impersonator has been blocked from Patch.
christie nicolle February 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
p.s. memo to feminazi Hazel, it's transparent why you're obsessed wth calling me a "he".... your jealous I have a Normal girl's name... unlike yours which sounds antiquated like Matilda or Gertrude. Oh + Patch's Brendan O'Reilly knows I'm a girl.
christie nicolle February 08, 2013 at 04:09 PM
thanks Brendan for coming to my rescue... as always* Stay warm pal.
tm February 08, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Hazel Wilkonson the First February 08, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Funny, but Christie's "impersonator" was even less offensive that he is
christie nicolle February 08, 2013 at 09:12 PM
it's crystal clear, liberal kook Hazle, always trashing conservatives is really a frustrated Spinster... (typical leftist condition).
Meredith Murray February 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Comments like that are just childish and not worth a puff of air let alone a blizzard.
John Gruber February 18, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I love how Hazel is always out to bash conservatives yet all of your posts here bash liberals. I thought the doctor told you not to go off your meds again...


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