Foot of snow causes dangerous road conditions across the North Fork

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Ice forms on a living room window in Riverhead Tuesday morning.

While the storm that brought a foot of snow to the North Fork Sunday has stopped, the wind that is blowing it all around and making driving conditions particularly dangerous continues to roar.

Wind gusts are still being recorded at as much as 40 miles per hour in Riverhead Monday morning, where temperatures are in just the mid-20s. The windy conditions are expected to remain steady until tomorrow morning, where sunny weather is predicted and temperatures are expected to rise above freezing.

The snow fell for nearly 24 hours Sunday into Monday, eclipsing the 10-inch mark around 6 a.m. in Flanders, according to the National Weather Service.

Riverhead officials are urging drivers who do not have to leave their home to stay put today, as the plows continue to clear area streets. Town Supervisor Sean Walter even said Town Hall will be closed Monday.

Residents and vacationers looking to leave Riverhead today may need to make other plans. The Long Island Rail Road has suspended systemwide service indefinitely and all area airports are expected to remain closed until 4 p.m.

The storm also caused some power outages in Riverhead, where about 97 residents were still without power at 10 a.m., according to the Long Island Power Authority.