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Forecasters: Parts Of Tri-State Could See 3 Inches Of Snow Saturday

Another System Into Sunday Could Bring More Accumulation To Long Island
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While the region dodged a bullet this weekend, there will still be some snowfall for parts of the area.

Two separate systems, which had they combined could have amounted to another major storm, will instead hit the Tri-State at different times — Friday night into Saturday and again Saturday night into Sunday.

The first system won’t have a lot of available moisture with it, but will help drop down temperatures ahead of the second system, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn said.

We could see between a dusting to 3 inches of snow in the Tri-State Area, especially areas north and west of I-287.

Then Saturday evening into the overnight hours, Long Island could get significantly hit with another system. That system, Quinn said, could bring with it 2 to 5 inches or even more depending on its track to the eastern end of Suffolk County.

New York City’s Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert for Saturday and is loading 365 salt spreaders, attaching plows to trucks and preparing all other necessary equipment ahead of the snow.

This latest round of snow will come a week after a blizzard dumped up to 30 inches of snow in Suffolk County. Parts of Long Island could see as much as 6 inches of snow over the weekend, forecasters said.

The state suspended two Department of Transportation officials amid criticism of their snow removal efforts on Long Island following the blizzard.

Acting Superintendent of Highways Michael Murphy resigned Wednesday amid mounting criticism over how the storm was handled. He called in sick and missed four days of work because he said he had a root canal and a family emergency.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine apologized Thursday for vacationing in Jamaica during the storm.

Romaine placed blame on the highway department for roads being left unplowed for days. Although the department is an independent entity that the town does not have authority over, he said it “concerns me that they failed.”