NEW YORK (AP) — A winter storm warning has been issued for New York City while parts of Long Island brace for blizzard conditions as a major storm front moves up the east coast.

The National Weather Service says a storm warning is in effect in the city and Nassau County from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday. Five to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall with sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles mph, and gusts up to 50 mph.

Public schools in New York City have also been closed for Thursday.

On Suffolk County, a blizzard warning has been issued. Snowfall of 8 inches to a foot is predicted. The storm is also expected to bring coastal flooding along the Island's southern and eastern bays.

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