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.
Throughout of the day Tuesday, crews will be cleaning out leaves from drains and working to keep the roadways cleared, he said.
As of Tuesday morning, PSEG is not reporting any outages in the area. Across the island, nearly 300 customers are without power, according to PSEG.
By the time the storm tapers off Tuesday night, the area is expected to have received two to three inches of rain, though the poor weather could stick around through Thursday, according to current forecasts.
The coastal flood advisory will remain in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The wind advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. and a flood watch until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to NWS.
Original Story (Monday): Riverhead should dodge any wintery weather from a nor’easter hurling up the coast late Monday, but the storm is still expected to pack high winds and heavy rain, weather experts say.
The National Weather Service will issue watches for coastal flooding, high winds and storms for the area starting Tuesday morning, said meteorologist David Stark.
“We’re going to be dealing with a developing nor’easter moving up the coast tonight,” Mr. Stark said. A few scattered flurries Monday afternoon were the very edge of the weather system.
Light rain is predicted to begin tonight and build in intensity through the overnight hours, he added. By morning and through Tuesday afternoon, the storm may bring “moderate to heavy” rains totaling up to 3 inches, according to the forecasts.
Beginning Monday night, winds could gust up to 50 miles-per-hour, Mr. Stark said. Local waters could see even heavier winds, potentially “just under hurricane force,” he added.
By Tuesday night, the rain should begin to taper off, though the poor weather may linger, according to current forecasts.
“This system might be with us meandering through the New England coast through Thursday morning,” Mr. Stark said. “It’s just going to take some time to move out.”
As of Monday afternoon, the storm watch for local waters will run from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, a high wind watch will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the coastal flood watch will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mr. Stark said.