Winter weather advisory in effect on East End until 9 a.m.

02/02/2015 12:00 PM |
Cars driving through Polish Town Monday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cars driving through Polish Town Monday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

5:30 A.M.

The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory through 9 a.m. due to significant icing. Temperatures remain at about 10 degrees with a wins chill below zero. 

ORIGINAL STORY

Now comes the ice — and a bit more snow.

With temperatures expected to drop into the teens Monday evening, National Weather Service meteorologists are advising people take extreme caution on area roadways.

Meanwhile, the Suffolk County Police Department has indicated speed limits across all Suffolk highways have been reduced to 45 mph.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Twin Forks through 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Wind gusts could reach as high as 35 mph Monday night into Tuesday, and it’s going to feel as if it’s o to -5 degrees with the wind chill factor, the advisory reads.

Another 2 to 4 inches of snow, along with about a tenth inch of ice, was expected to fall.

Although Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter called off the town’s snow emergency at 11 a.m., the town remains under what’s called a winter storm event until 6 a.m. Tuesday to help facilitate snow removal.

Residents are being told to remove their vehicles from public streets — or risk seeing their cars and trucks towed by the town.

Town officials are also warning motorists to look out for frozen roadways that appear as if they’re just wet.

The hazardous travel conditions will be “due to icy and leftover snow accumulations for the morning commute,” the weather advisory reads. “Untreated roadways will become icy for the evening commute.”

Freezing rain is expected to continue falling throughout the day but change to snow and sleet in the afternoon.

Earlier Monday, Riverhead Highway Superintendent George (Gio) Woodson said drivers “just need to slow down” on the roads.

“You can stop OK going 30 or 40 miles per hour, but not at 60,” he said. “Our biggest problem is speeding.”

Town Hall and Justice Court closed at 3:3o p.m. on Monday.

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