Winter Storm Watch Issued for Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Accuweather.comA winter storm is forecast to dump 4-to-8 inches of snow on Long Island late Wednesday night into Thursday, when the precipitation is expected change into rain before switching back to snow.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the tri-state area, including Nassau and Suffolk counties, from midnight Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday, which is Valentine’s Day.“Snowfall will make travel treacherous on Thursday,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Heavy…wet snow may cause some weak…flat roof structures to collapse and trees will be susceptible to falling.”Downed trees may bring down power lines and cause outages. There may reportedly be some minor coastal flooding as well due to astronomically higher than usual tides stemming from the full moon on Friday.The flakes are forecast to start falling while temperatures are in the 20s on Wednesday night and will change to rain when temps go above freezing Thursday afternoon. Once the mercury drops back below freezing Thursday night into early Friday morning, the precipitation is expected to switch into snow again.Northeast winds of 20-to-30 mph with gusts of up to 35 mph during the storm could reduce visibility to ¼ mile at times.The chance of snow and rain lingers through Friday evening before partly sunny skies move in for the weekend, when temps will be in the 30s. The storm forecast is expected to change once it nears.last_img read more

Bracket Breakdown: Beat writers examine the NCAA Tournament field

first_img Published on March 18, 2014 at 2:29 am The Daily Orange beat writers provide insight on who to key in on as you fill out your tournament bracket, and who to stay away from in the field of 68. NCAA Tournament play kicks off Tuesday at 6:40 p.m.Stephen BaileyFinal Four: Arizona, Florida, Louisville, Michigan StateThe No. 4 seeds are the hot seeds. It’s hard to pick against the Cardinals and Spartans after winning their respective conference tournaments in dominant fashion. Michigan State is as complete a team there is in the country, while Louisville is tournament tested and, yup, Russdiculous.National Champion: Michigan StateI know, the Spartans are becoming the trendy pick (I thought I was going to be the smart one). But looking past their talented, balanced and experienced roster, head coach Tom Izzo is as successful a March maestro as there is in the country.Syracuse’s finish: Loss in Sweet 16But it won’t be Andrew Wiggins and Kansas that knock SU out. New Mexico can feast on the Jayhawks’ frontcourt without Joel Embiid, and then do the same to the Orange. It’s not that Syracuse can’t make a deeper tournament run, I just don’t see the consistency.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSleeper: New MexicoThe Lobos are led by 6-foot-9 power forward Cameron Bairstow (20.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and 7-foot center Alex Kirk (13.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg). Despite having never reached the Sweet 16, they have the shooting to balance out their offense and match up well with Kansas and Syracuse.Others: Baylor, Connecticut, OregonDouble-digit seed to take a chance on: ProvidenceDisclaimer: I’ve got Iowa State knocking off the Friars in the Round of 32. However, Bryce Cotton is good enough to lead Providence past North Carolina. With a different No. 3 seed, I’d put Providence into the regional round.Others: Louisiana-Lafayette, Stephen F. Austin, N.C. State, North Dakota StateTop seed to fall early: VillanovaThe Wildcats cruised through a fairly easy schedule, and each of the four losses they suffered were by a wide margin. If any No. 1 or No. 2 seed goes down in the first batch of games, it’ll be VU (they’re owed one after the Robert Morris game in 2010). But I’ve got Shabazz Napier and UConn beating the `Cats in the Round of 32.Trevor HassFinal Four: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, DukeI think Florida squeezes out a couple close wins against UCLA and Kansas. Michigan State is peaking at the right time and is as tough an out as any team in the country. Arizona has the easiest draw of any of the No. 1 seeds. Duke has the toughest path, but it’s Jabari Parker’s time to shine.National Champion: Michigan StateAdreian Payne is a matchup nightmare, Gary Harris is a sniper, Keith Appling is healthy, Brendan Dawson’s a vicious rebounder and Denzel Valentine’s a great glue guy. The Spartans are fresh off a Big Ten tournament title and are hot and healthy at the right time.Syracuse’s Finish: Loss in Sweet 16There’s a reason Andrew Wiggins is being hyped up as the next NBA superstar along with Parker. He’s pretty good at basketball. Wiggins goes off, and Syracuse is bounced.Sleeper: BaylorBaylor’s knocked off Oklahoma State twice, Kansas State twice, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas since Feb. 1. It also beat Kentucky, Colorado and Dayton earlier in the year. There’s no reason the Bears can’t use their size and athleticism to take care of Nebraska and upset Creighton and Wisconsin en route to the Elite Eight.Others: Connecticut, Kentucky, TennesseeDouble-digit seed to take a chance on: North Carolina StateYou saw what the Wolfpack did to Syracuse. T.J. Warren is as proficient a scorer as there is in the country and N.C. State’s supporting cast is good enough. I’ve got the Wolfpack beating Xavier and Saint Louis. I don’t think it’ll beat Louisville, but if Warren goes berserk, it’s not out of the question.Others: Stephen F. Austin, New Mexico State, ProvidenceTop seed to fall early: WisconsinI’m temped to pick American over Wisconsin, but I don’t think that’ll happen. After that, Oregon, Brigham Young, Creighton, Louisiana-Lafayette, Baylor and Nebraska are all capable of knocking off the Badgers, who haven’t made the Final Four since 2000. One of them will.David WilsonFinal Four: Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, DukeI originally had Kansas here, but Joel Embiid’s injury scares me. If he’s totally healthy, though, I like the Jayhawks to get to Dallas instead of the Gators.National champion: FloridaIt’s the easy one, but I do think the winner of KU-UF wins it all. Too much talent on both of those teams, plus coaches with national championship pedigree.Syracuse’s finish: Elite EightLike so much of my bracket, this hinges on Embiid’s back. If he’s healthy, I think the Orange will struggle with Kansas. If not — and things don’t look promising for the center — SU should get to the Gators before falling.Sleeper: KentuckyThe Wildcats are peaking, and probably the most talented team in the nation. Wichita State is a relatively favorable No. 1 seed for a No. 8 to be matched up against and never rule anything out when UK plays in-state rival Louisville.Others: North Carolina, ConnecticutDouble-digit seed to take a chance on: Louisiana-LafayetteI’ve been riding UL-Lafayette really hard over the past few weeks. The ultra-talented Ragin’ Cajuns have a pair of potential first-rounders in Elfrid Payton and Shawn Long and can never be counted out of a game. They rallied from nine down in the final three minutes against Georgia State to win the Sun Belt Championship.Others: Nebraska, North Carolina State, Iowa, Tennessee, Arizona StateTop seed to fall early: Wichita StateThe Shockers got a tough draw. Texas Southern, a potential first-round opponent, is led by West Virginia-transfer Aaric Murray and former-Indiana coach Mike Davis on the sideline — not that they should lose to a No. 16 seed. That will probably come against preseason-No. 1 Kentucky in the round of 32. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Trojans take on the SoCal Tournament

first_imgComing off a 14-5 victory over then-No. 5 UC Santa Barbara in its first home game of the season Oct. 4, the No. 4 USC men’s water polo team will head across town to UCLA for the SoCal Tournament this weekend, aiming to avenge the Trojans’ only two losses on the year.USC enters the tournament 12-2 on the season, having been dealt its two defeats by then-No. 2 UCLA and then-No. 34 Cal at the Kap7 NorCal Classic last month. The Trojans will play Air Force followed by either UCSB or Pepperdine Oct. 11, all of whom the Trojans have defeated at least once this season. If they’re able to clear these teams again the first day, the Trojans could potentially meet UCLA or Cal in the semifinals or finals of the tournament on Oct. 12.With the possibility of facing the 14-1 Bears or the 15-0 Bruins again this weekend, USC head coach Jovan Vavic will look for his team to have made adjustments for the tournament. The Trojans were defeated by narrow margins in both games — falling 9-7 to the Bruins and 11-10 to the Bears — Vavic emphasized the importance of the shutting the door in the closing stages of the game.“We’ve got to play better at the end,” he said. “Against UCLA we had a one-goal lead and we made too many careless passes at the end of the game — we just started to turn the ball over. When the game was still in anybody’s hands we missed a wide-open counterattack, we made a bad pass, and the next counterattack, they scored a goal. Things like that are what kill you.”In their battle last Saturday against the Gauchos, the Trojans broke away early and had no trouble closing out the game, taking over the lead after UCSB scored the first goal and never looking back. The 12-time National Coach of the Year liked what he saw from his team in its last game before the tournament.“I thought we played with lots of energy,” Vavic said. “We started the game with a 6-1 lead and we created quite a few opportunities by countering on almost every possession. So the energy was really great, our defense was excellent in the first half, we gave up only two goals, and it was great to see that nine different people scored a goal.”Senior driver Kostas Genidounias, the Trojans’ top scorer of the 2014 campaign with 44 goals so far, led the Trojans in scoring with a hat trick Saturday, but the team’s performance on the defensive side of the ball is what Genidounias believes will make or break the Trojans if they’re to rematch Cal or UCLA this weekend.“We just have to make more stops,” Genidounias said. “We allowed 20 goals in total in those two games — nine [goals] and 11 [goals]. We need to get that number way lower than 20. We have the offense, we just didn’t have the defense in those games, so we just have to play some really tough defense.”One difference in the Trojan squad this weekend from the NorCal Classic will be the presence of sophomore driver Nick Bell, who made his season debut for the team Saturday against the Gauchos after a back injury forced him to miss the first 11 games of the year.“It felt great to be back,” Bell said. “I’ve been waiting, I’ve been out for seven weeks now and it’s been killing me to get back in the water.”Faced with the prospect of going up against UCLA’s top scorers Alex Roelse and Cristiano Mirarchi, who have notched 25 goals apiece on the year, Bell reiterated the need for the Trojans to be on-point defensively this weekend.“Our defensive game could definitely be stepped up,” Bell said. “Defense is going to be very important [this weekend]. We stressed defensive counterattack and frontcourt defense [in practice]. Those are our biggest objectives for the games, and those are going to be the key in limiting the other teams’ goals.”last_img read more