01/11/14 10:02am
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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.

01/10/14 11:20am

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.”


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Locals will have to bundle up for the next few days as an arctic blast could set record low temperatures for the area.

The temperature is expected to drop by as much as 50 degrees from Monday into Tuesday morning, possibly bottoming out in the single digits, weather experts said.

Wind chills could make it feel as cold as 10 to 15 degrees below zero, far below the seasonal averages normally in the 30s.

“These are conditions you don’t want to stay outside too long in,” said meteorologist David Stark with the National Weather Service.

Temperature readings reached a high of 56 degrees in Upton Monday afternoon, but began dropping steadily in the afternoon. By midnight, the mercury could drop into the 20s, he said.

“When you see such drastic changes like this, it’s due to a very distinct boundary between two different air masses,” Mr. Stark said, noting the drop in temperatures is “significant.”

“This is not a common thing to see,” he said.

The weather isn’t expected to improve into Wednesday either, Mr. Stark said.

“If we get down into the single digits and lower teens we could be setting record lows on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8,” he said. Those conditions could easily lead to frostbite or hypothermia.

Eastern parts of the North Fork could see snow flurries during the day on Tuesday, and will likely see warmer temperatures but harsher winds.

On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to rebound into the 20s, reaching the 30s and 40s by the end of the week.

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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.

01/02/14 9:33am
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JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | All school activities are cancelled today and tomorrow in RCSD.

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.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town snow plow in Jamesport.

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.”

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Segulls fight for real estate space along the Peconic River Tuesday.

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.

12/10/13 9:49am
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GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | A wintry mix began falling    on the North Fork about 9:30 a.m.

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.