But With 15.1 Inches Expected In Mass., Tri-State Estimates Could Rise

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Once the violent snow in the early-morning hours was over, the Tri-State Area enjoyed a break from inclement weather and a high that topped out at 40 degrees for Valentine’s Day.

But just in time for the weekend, the snow will be back. A winter weather advisory has been issued between 11 a.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Sunday for northwest New Jersey, all but the western third of Connecticut, and Nassau County on Long Island.

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A winter storm watch has been issued from Saturday morning until late Saturday night for Suffolk County.

CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn expects most of the city and the surrounding area to see 2 to 4 inches of accumulation.

But eastern Long Island, as well as eastern Connecticut, northwest New Jersey, and parts of Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties, could see 4 to 6 inches of snow, Quinn reported.

And it could get even worse than that.

Quinn reported late Friday that the storm is growing more threatening as it approaches. The forecast calls for a grand total of 15.1 inches in Cape Cod – which is only 88 miles from Montauk on the eastern edge of Long Island.

With that in mind, Quinn said high snow totals cannot be discounted in some areas, including eastern Long Island. Poughkeepsie could also see heavy totals, Quinn reported.

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The new snow will fall on top of more than a foot that fell on Thursday. A nor’easter socked the area between Thursday morning and early Friday morning, leaving 12.5 inches altogether in Central Park; 16.3 inches in Bayville, Long Island; and 21 inches in Poughkeepsie.

The snow coming on Saturday is not the result of a nor’easter or a severe storm, Quinn emphasized. The source of the precipitation this time is an Alberta clipper – a fast-moving low-pressure area that heads southeast from the central provinces of Canada.

In advance of the latest round of snow, the New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert beginning at 8 a.m.

Department crews have begun loading salt spreaders, attaching plows and preparing tire chains. The department is also coordinating with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation on snow clearing protocol.

And while highs will hover in the 20s and 30s through Monday, the forecast high tops off at a springlike 55 on Friday of next week.

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