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Port Washington Braces for Blizzard

Extra afternoon trains, possible early school dismissal.

A major winter storm is expected to impact the region Friday into Saturday, the National Weather Service reports.

As of Friday morning, a blizzard warning remained in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Expect hazardous conditions, with heavy snow accumulations of 10-15 inches and strong winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour at times. That combination is expected to cause dangerous driving conditions with visibilities near zero in white-out conditions, downed trees and scattered power outages.

The strongest winds and heaviest snow are anticipated between Friday evening and into Saturday morning.

With conditions expected to be extremely dangerous, the National Weather Service recommends no travel, but if you must, have a winter survival kit with you. Those stranded are advised to stay their vehicles.

There could be coastal flooding Friday from 6 p.m-midnight.

Port Washington Schools may hold early dismissal on Friday, depending on the severity of the storm.

NorthShoreAlert.org, the mass notification system for the peninsula, reminds residents that in areas where cars may be parked on streets, please try to keep them off the streets so the plows can work.

On Thursday, Port Washington had long lines at the gas stations and crowded supermarkets as residents sought to stock up in advance of the storm.  

The Long Island Rail Road is providing eight extra trains, including on the Port Washington line, early Friday afternoon, in advance of the pending snowstorm. The extra service is between 2:09-3:48 p.m. See mta.info/lirr for details and service status.

Stay tuned to weather forecasts, and check back with Patch for continued updates. 

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