12/09/14 9:50am
12/09/2014 9:50 AM
National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration satellite images show a nor'easter that is scheduled to hit the East End late Monday.

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration satellite images show a nor’easter that is scheduled to hit the East End late Monday.

Update (Tuesday 5 p.m.): Riverhead police say no roads have been closed a early winter nor’easter moves across Riverhead Town.

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Update (Tuesday 10 a.m.): Hazardous weather advisories remain in effect Tuesday as a nor’easter brings heavy rain and strong wind gusts to the area.

In preparation, Riverhead Highway Department readied equipment ahead of the nor’easter. Tree removal crews are on standby in anticipation of heavy rain and wind downing trees, Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson said.  (more…)

03/04/13 2:40pm
03/04/2013 2:40 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead building and grounds workers shovel downtown by the River and Roots Community Garden after a storm earlier this winter.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead building and grounds workers shovel downtown by the River and Roots Community Garden after a storm earlier this winter.

Update Tuesday: National Weather Service forecasts show Wednesday night’s storm will coat the North Fork with about 1 to 3 inches of snow.

The storm is expected to move into the area Wednesday, with precipitation becoming snow at night, according to the National Weather Service. Additional snow is likely Thursday morning, forecasts show.

Original story: A strong coastal storm is being forecasted to build along the East Coast Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, but experts say it appears Long Island will be spared the brunt of another winter storm.

The storm will form over the Carolinas on Wednesday, bringing wind gusts of up to 45 mph to the area, said Lauren Nash, a meteorologist at the NWS station in Upton.

But the system is expected to stay out of the area, thanks to a “blocking” high pressure system over the Northeast that will steer the storm to sea, she said.

“It’s not going to be as much of a northeastern track as normal with these storms,” Ms. Nash said.

Current weather forecasts show between a 40 and 50 percent chance of rain for Wednesday on the North Fork, with the precipitation possibly turning to snow Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service hasn’t forecasted any snow totals for the area yet, Ms. Nash said, adding there is some uncertainty in the forecast.

Weather officials will announce an updated forecast at 4 p.m. Monday, she said.

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11/07/12 11:21am
11/07/2012 11:21 AM
Riverhead, Superstorm Sandy, gas lines, Long Island

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | A gas line that stretched from a Hess station on Edwards Avenue and around River Road on Friday.

Unlike elsewhere on Long Island, where angst at the gas lines after superstorm Sandy reportedly devolved into fights in some cases, Riverhead lines were relatively civil during the past week.

At least seven disputes were reported at gas stations in town in the past week, according to Riverhead police reports.

But Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard said the incidents were quickly resolved.

“Just guys quibbling over who was in line,” Lt. Lessard said.

One dispute erupted into a fight, but Lt. Lessard said that incident was fueled by a prior dispute between the subjects.

On Saturday during the height of the gas shortage, five disturbances were reported at gas stations around town, including two at a Valero station and two at the Citgo station on West Main Street.

Two more incidents were reported on Sunday, according to police reports.

Lt. Lessard town police were at local stations as “more of a presence” to keep things under control and direct traffic.

“From what we’ve seen, everything’s been pretty orderly,” he said.

psquire@timesreview.com

11/06/12 7:58pm
11/06/2012 7:58 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Flooding on Bay Avenue in Flanders during Hurricane Sandy last Monday.

Southampton Town has advised residents in low-lying or coastal areas to evacuate due to a nor’easter set to strike the East End Wednesday evening with high winds and additional flooding.

Volunteers with the Riverhead Fire Department are going door-to-door to issue the warning to Flanders residents, said RFD press officer Bill Sanok.

“You’d rather be on the cautious side,” he said of what fire officials are telling people in Flanders. “If you have access to the transportation, go to shelter.”

Residents of Southampton Town along the south shore of Long Island are also being advised to seek higher ground.

Southampton police said the town will likely open up shelters if the storm is severe enough.

Current forecasts show the storm will bring 45-60 mph gusts Wednesday afternoon through the night, along with coastal flooding, especially along Long Island Sound and the south shore. The storm is expected to weaken Thursday evening into Friday, weather officials said.

psquire@timesreview.com

10/30/11 11:01am
10/30/2011 11:01 AM

Remember Hurricane Irene over the summer? As storms go, the nor’easter was a simple blowhard.
While it did snow late Saturday and early Sunday on the East End, it didn’t stick or accumulate, and it didn’t come anywhere near the 3-5 inches that the National Weather Service had predicted.
Still, there were some power outages and downed trees reported in the area.
The Long Island Power Authority reported Sunday morning 36 homes without power in Riverhead Town, and 154 homes in Southold Town.
In Riverhead, the bulk of the homes without power were in Wading River, where 32 homes were reported without power.
In Southold Town, there were 89 homes without power in Southold hamlet, 36 in Cutchogue, 26 in Orient Point, and less than five in Laurel.Southold Police reported a quiet night with a few downed limbs on local roadways but no major problems.
“We had about five or six trees come down,” said Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson. There were two trees down in Wading River, one in Aquebogue, one in Riverhead and one on Sound Avenue.
“I didn’t get any calls about flooding so we must be doing good on our drain cleaning campaign,” he said.
Still, he said he was ready for snow.
“We had six trucks all set up and ready to go with the plows on,” he said.
The East End fared much better than other areas with Saturday’s storm.
The Weather Channel reported 2.6 million people without power in the northeast states, and more than an inch of snow was reported in Central Park in New York City.