Monday morning’s commute could be a messy one.
Monday morning’s commute could be a messy one.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
From a snowstorm to record-low temperatures, the North Fork has experienced an entire winter worth of arctic weather over the past week. As the temperatures finally climb today, providing some relief to the frigid cold, residents won’t be entirely in the clear.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch beginning at 11 a.m. today and lasting through tonight. The Weather Service predicts 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain today as a low pressure system from Canada drags a cold front through the region this afternoon.
Low-lying areas that are prone to flooding could likely experience problems.
Patchy fog is also expected to persist. A wind advisory is also in effect from noon to 10 p.m.
There is good news: the high temperature today is expected to hit 55 degrees.
The rain should clear by tomorrow and sunny skies are predicted for Sunday with a high of 45.
Update: The Riverhead Highway Department reported that sanding trucks have been dispatched to help deal with the icy roads, although even the trucks are sliding on the roads in some spots. No roads have been officially closed as of 1 p.m., although a section of Sound Avenue was closed between Edwards Avenue and Fresh Pond Avenue due to a down pole.
Original Story: The Suffolk County Police Department is advising motorists to use extreme caution when driving on roadways due to icy conditions.
The advisory was issued shortly after 11 a.m. Friday morning, stating “the roadways are icy and considered hazardous.”
The U.S. National Weather Service reported an hour earlier that rain is moving across Long Island and is “creating some slick and hazardous conditions where temps are currently below freezing.”
“While temperatures will be slowly rising above freezing over the next few hours, give yourself plenty of extra time while traveling and go slow,” the weather report states.
In Riverhead Town, police say they have received a number of reports of cars skidding on the ice Friday morning, although there were no serious accidents as of midday.
Riverhead Town employees also have been applying salt to the parking lot around Town Hall and the police station, which have become icy in spots.
Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said the town will be issuing a similar advisory.
“We want to advise people to be careful walking on sideways because they may be icy, and to please adjust your speed accordingly if you are driving,” Mr. Walter said.
The supervisor said he had just driven on Long Island Expressway, which was icy.
Southampton Town Police also issued an advisory at about noon Friday, saying “There remains hazardous road conditions due to freezing rain throughout the township. Please stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary and use extreme caution in such cases.”