Schools close as heavy snow falls on the East End

03/13/2018 5:38 AM |

As the snow falls rapidly on the East End Tuesday morning, school districts canceled classes and all activities for the day. 

The Shoreham-Wading River and Riverhead Central School Districts, in addition to the Riverhead Charter School, will be closed Tuesday. The board of education meetings scheduled for Tuesday night have also been canceled.

Classes were also canceled at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, where students are still reeling from the news Monday that the high school will close at the end of the school year.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Suffolk County through Tuesday at 6 p.m. The National Weather Service said Tuesday’s nor’easter will dump 6 to 12 inches on the East End.

Travel is not recommended.

Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith declared a winter storm event late Monday night. Riverhead Town Hall will open on a two-hour delay at 10:30 a.m. All senior and recreation programs are canceled.

Parking on the street is prohibited. Garbage pickup Tuesday was canceled.

Calverton Aviation & Technology’s qualified and eligible sponsor hearing scheduled for Tuesday at the Pulaski Street School had been rescheduled to March 19, starting at 6 p.m.

Bands of moderate to heavy snow will continue to develop across the area Tuesday morning with snowfall rates increasing, the NWS said. Road conditions will deteriorate through the morning commute. Visibilities will continue to drop and could be as low as one-quarter of a mile at times.

The winds picked up even before it began to snow overnight. The north wind is around 22 mph Tuesday morning. Gusts of up to 40 mph are expected. The temperature is only expected to reach 34 Tuesday.

A coastal flood advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. to noon on Tuesday.

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