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Careful out there, drivers: a freezing rain advisory is in effect through 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The National Weather Service predicts that while just a trace of rain could fall on area roadways, that’s all it could take for a car to slide off the road — or into another car.
According to the NWS, “a glaze of ice will make travel treacherous and dangerous … especially on untreated and elevated surfaces. Numerous accidents have been reported due to the icy roads.”
Temperatures are expected to increase by late afternoon, though rain is forecast to persist.
The warning comes a couple of days after eight to 10 inches of snow hit the region. Freezing temperatures proved a challenge in the wake of the snow, as Riverhead Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson noted that salt spread by the town was unable to melt snow soon after it hit.
Temps ticked up yesterday, however, getting a fair amount of snow off of many roadways.
JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | All school activities are cancelled today and tomorrow in RCSD.
While the general student population is out on winter break, Riverhead Central School District announced this morning that in anticipation of a heavy snowfall expected today, all school-related practices and activities will be cancelled on Thursday and Friday.
According to the district, school offices will be closed on Friday as well.
Shoreham-Wading River followed suit on Thursday afternoon, informing district parents that all school buildings will be closed Thursday afternoon starting at 2 p.m., and through Friday. McGann-Mercy cancelled all afternoon/evening activities on Thursday and all on Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, forecasting up to 10 inches of snow in total in the area into Friday. Three to seven inches are forecast through Thursday night, with another three expected on Friday.
Check back with the Riverhead News-Review throughout the storm for the latest information.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town snow plow in Jamesport.
There’s snow in the forecast for the North Fork starting early Thursday and running into Friday afternoon, with blizzard conditions reaching the area Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s likely to snow early Thursday morning and into the day, but only about an inch is expected, though it will be windy, weather officials said.
The snow starting Thursday night and running through Friday is expected to drop three to seven inches over the region at first, before another one to three inches falls later.
The coastal storm is expected to taper off before 2 p.m. Friday, according to the NWS forecast.
The NWS has issued a blizzard warning for this time, with “dangerously cold wind chills. Blowing and drifting snow will produce dangerous travel conditions,” the warning reads. “Wind chills from 10 degrees below to zero to around zero will produce extreme cold impacts.”
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Segulls fight for real estate space along the Peconic River in November.
Locals could be heading back to work in 2014 with some snow, as the National Weather Service has forecasted a chance of snow starting mid-day Thursday, as well as a brief flurry to ring in the new year tonight.
Areas of low pressure moving in increase the chance of snowfall on Thursday, with moderate accumulations expected between five and eight inches, said Joey Picca of the NWS. While heavier snow is expected later this week, snow flurries are expected tonight starting about 5 p.m., Mr. Picca said, clearing up just in time for a sunny but cool New Year’s Day.
Eastern Long Island residents could see wind gusts upwards of 30 to 35 mph, with snowfall ending mid-day Friday, he said, adding that these predictions were still preliminary.
In the meantime, the NWS has issued a hazardous weather outlook throughout Long Island, New Jersey, and southern Connecticut, noting that “a prolonged period of snow is expected late Wednesday night into Friday morning. At least six inches of snow is possible … with blowing and drifting of snow due to strong winds.”
Check back with the Riverhead News-Review as more information becomes available.
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A wintry mix began falling on the North Fork about 9:30 a.m.
Snow is falling on the East End, and it’s only going to get heavier.
Despite earlier predictions that the region would dodge the bulk of a snowstorm that hit the western part of Long Island earlier today, weather experts are now saying the East End could get a total of three to four inches of snow by day’s end.
“Things changed overnight,” said meteorologist Tim Morrin with the National Weather Service. ”Temperatures are dropping and they will continue to drop.”
A mixture of rain and snow began falling on the North Fork just after 9:30 a.m. and is expected to change to all snow after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service station in Upton.
While areas farther west should get hit harder, Mr. Morrin said the North Fork could see “moderate” amounts of snow of up to four inches beginning to accumulate by 11 a.m. The snow will continue to fall through 4 p.m., when temperatures drop further below freezing, Mr. Morrin said.
“Travel conditions, especially by the rush hour, will deteriorate,” he said.
The NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for the region that is in effect until 5 p.m. today.
Mr. Morrin said the temperature will struggle to reach freezing on Wednesday and Thursday, leading to icy conditions and keeping the snow around for several days.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Segulls fight for real estate space along the Peconic River.
The North Fork is expected to dodge the majority of a snowstorm expected to hit the western part of Long Island Tuesday, with totals of up to an inch expected locally, weather experts said.
The snow will begin sometime after 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, but will change over to rain by the mid-afternoon due to a warm air mass off the coast, according to the National Weather Service station in Upton.
The South Fork is expected to get even less snow, with just a half-inch expected for the area, forecasts show.
Further west, the NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for Nassau County until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow.
According to the NWS, further west on Long Island, “snow will create icy and hazardous travel conditions throughout the day.”
After the North Fork got its first dusting of snow this morning, even chillier temperatures are in store for tonight. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning from 10 p.m. tonight until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Temperatures are expected to plumet into the lower 20s, according to a NWS alert. The freezing temperatures will kill sensitive vegetation, the alert said.
A cold front that swept through the area in the early morning hours today resulted in a mix of rain and snow — and eventually just snow — falling over the region. The snow persisted through the morning commute, from about 6 a.m., and tapered off about 10 a.m.
No precipitation is forecast overnight. Tomorrow’s high temperature is forecast at 40 degrees. The temperatures are expected climb to a high of 55 for Friday and Saturday.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Segulls fight for real estate space along the Peconic River Tuesday.
The Riverhead area and much of eastern Long Island saw the season’s first dusting of snow Tuesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, a cold front that swept through the area in the early morning hours resulted in a mix of rain and snow — and eventually just snow — falling over the region.
The snow persisted through the morning commute, from about 6 a.m., and tapered off about 10 a.m.
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And while Nov. 12 might seem like an early date for snow, with the official start of winter still 40 days away, recent years have seen even earlier first snowfalls.
Nov. 8, 2011, marked a messy commute for Long Island motorists as well, with sleet and snow flurries falling over the area.
That figure was bested by an Oct. 29, 2011 nor’easter, which resulted in a significant amount of snowfall and a rare “white Halloween” two days later.