CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | About 4 to 8 inches of snow is expected to fall Thursday.
The National Weather service has issued a winter storm watch, stating that anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow could hit the North Fork starting around midnight on Wednesday.
“The [Thursday] morning commute will have some impacts,” said David Stark, meteorologist with the NWS.
The Riverhead Town Highway Yard on Friday. Photo by Barbaraellen Koch.
It’s possible that as much as two inches of fresh snow could be on the roads when you leave for work Monday.
Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport (Carrie Miller photo)
Monday morning’s commute could be a messy one.
Carrie Miller photo | Plows pushing along Main Street about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Knock on wood.
The snow and ice storm has turned into mostly rain, or stopped altogether, which is helping to melt some of the snow that fell overnight in Riverhead Town.
“It’s not doing anything right now,” Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson said of the weather shortly after 11 a.m. “Supposedly it will change over to rain, but the temperatures are fluctuating right now. We might have rain, or a little snow, or a little bit in between. I’m hoping for rain and that it will just stay warm enough to get rid of some of the snow.”
Snowy scene along the Peconic Riverfront boardwalk on Monday. (Barbaraellen Koch Photo)
Update 7:30 p.m.: Riverhead Town police said there have been about 15 car accidents reported in town since the snow began Monday morning. None of the accidents were serious, mostly cars “running off the road” and “fender benders,” a police source said.
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Up to four inches of snow might fall on the North Fork late tonight and early tomorrow, according to National Weather Service predictions.
“We’re expecting two to four inches of snow on the twin forks of Long Island starting after midnight and into tomorrow morning,” NWS meteorologist David Stark said.
The snowfall, he said, will be light, powdery and dry — not heavy, like last week’s snowstorm that dumped nearly a foot of snow across the region. Although warmer temperatures yesterday helped melt some of the remains of that storm, below-freezing temperatures are expected to remain until Friday.
A Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued today by the NWS for southeast New York, southern Connecticut and northeast New Jersey.
To read the full report, click here.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOTO | Forecasts show wind chills will make it feel as low as the single digits Thursday afternoon.
Between one and two more inches of snow could fall on the North Fork this weekend, according to National Weather Service predictions.
But before then, residents will have to deal with temperatures topping out in the lower 20s with wind chills into the single digits, said meteorologist Lauren Nash.
“The big story is going to be the cold,” she said. “This is below average for this time of year.”
Friday morning will be feel even colder; wind chills may reach below zero, Ms. Nash said. Temperatures will warm slightly into the 30s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with a 60 percent chance of light snow Saturday. By Tuesday, temperatures will drop again.
“This below-average air mass is going to stick around for at least seven days,” she said.
The NWS issued a special statement Thursday morning warning people to avoid staying out in the bitter cold.
“Prolonged exposure to the cold and wind could lead to frostbite and hypothermia,” the statement reads. “If you venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves.”
Visit the National Weather Service website for more winter safety tips.
The National Weather Service is warning drivers about dense fog and icy road conditions this morning.
Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance has already responded to two accidents at about 6 a.m. Wednesday morning on Route 25 in Calverton, just west of Edwards Avenue. One involved a truck that skidded off the road and the other a car that overturned near the Jewish Cemetery. One person was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with lower back pain.
Suffolk County Police is also advising motorists to use extreme caution when driving on roadways in Suffolk County.
“The roadways are icy and considered hazardous. There is also limited visibility due to dense fog,” police said.
The National Weather Service issued an advisory through 9 a.m. Wednesday morning for southeast Suffolk County, stating: ”The combination of light winds and abundant low level moisture has caused fog to develop across the area. Temperatures in many locations will remain at or below the freezing mark though mid-morning or so. This will result in icy conditions on any untreated surfaces. Anyone traveling should exercise extra caution and leave plenty of space in front of them.”