Officials warn of dangerous driving conditions; parking on roads restricted

As a nor’easter begins to dump snow across the area, Riverhead residents are required to remove their cars from the side of roads to allow plows to operate. Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith declared a winter storm event starting at 8 p.m., at which time parking is restricted.

“Roads have become snow covered and are very slick,” a weather advisory issued by the town said. Winds are expected in the 25 to 35 mph range, which may cause power outages. Any outages can be reported to PSEG at 1-800-490-0075.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect from the National Weather Service until 4 a.m. Thursday. Between three and six inches of snow is now expected before the morning commute. There’s also a minor to moderate risk of flooding during the high tide cycle.

A special weather statement issued by the NWS said that at 6:12 p.m., its Doppler radar indicated bands of heavy snow moving northwest across Suffolk County with near blizzard conditions, reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile.

For anyone who needs to drive, they’re encouraged to reduce speed.

Photo caption: A NWS radar image of the storm at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday. (Courtesy: NWS)