Walter: Plenty of salt supplies to get through the storm

03/05/2015 8:35 AM |
Cars make their way trough a snowy downtown Riverhead Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Cars make their way trough a snowy downtown Riverhead Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter declared a winter storm emergency beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday as snow that began in the early morning hours continued to fall steadily.

Though there’s been concern about dwindling supplies, Riverhead Town received 85 tons of salt yesterday, Mr. Walter said.

“That will get us through this storm,” he said, adding the town has 700 additional tons of salt on the way.

“That will be enough to get us through this winter and will be the salt that sits in the bins until the December 2015 snow season,” Mr. Walter said.

No parking is permitted on either side of any roadway between 8 p.m and 6 a.m during the emergency declaration.

Vehicles parked on public roadways during a state of emergency are subject to towing.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that will remain in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday night. More snow is expected throughout the day, the NWS said.

NWS meteorologists are warning of low visibility and icy roadways, making traveling hazardous.

“All the roads are snow-covered,” said Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller. “Everyone has to reduce their speed and exercise caution.”

By the time the snow moves out around 7 p.m. Thursday evening,the  NWS is predicting 4 to 7 inches of snowfall.

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