Long Island forecast today: Lots of dredging.
After more than a foot of snow fell in many parts of Long Island—the first official snowstorm in Suffolk in four years—there are plowing trails, de-icing roads, and clearing trails, and snowmen probably have to.
The temperature will hover in the mid-20s on Sunday under sunny skies and meteorologist Bill Korbel expects a gradual warm-up by midweek.
“By Wednesday we will see 40 degrees and by Thursday we may be close to 50 degrees,” Korbel said.
Until then, the main concerns center around keeping roads clear of ice and drifting snow from a storm that dumped nearly two feet of snow on parts of Long Island.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellon will provide an update at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on de-icing efforts and other issues related to the storm.
Roads in the 2.5-square-mile city are clean, “But cleaning continues,” Long Beach spokesman John McNally said Sunday morning in a text.
Salt and sand down.
The Long Island Railroad, which was suspended during the season’s worst winter storm, was due to resume regular service at 5 a.m. Sunday, although “bus service was provided between Ronkonkoma and Greenport, and between Spunk and Montauk, as we saw snowfall.” and significantly larger drifts in those areas,” the railway authority warned on Twitter.
In a tweet Sunday morning, Kennedy Airport said, “AirTrain JFK disruption remains in effect. Free buses continue to replace system-wide trains. Please allow extra time to get to your destination. Both Kennedy and LaGuardia Airport tweeted that they were expecting a slow start in activity.” Flying Sunday morning 1/30 with a gradual increase as the day progresses.”
Kennedy Airport reported 321 cancellations Sunday morning, and 57 delays, according to FlightAware. LaGuardia reported 371 cancellations and 22 delays.
Sunday’s cold temperatures can make snow removal difficult.
“You’re going to fight the cold out there,” said Brian Semenicki, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Upton, where the temperature was 8.6 degrees at 5:20 a.m.
Sunday night brings more bitter cold with forecasts as low as 14 under partly cloudy skies. Monday and Tuesday will remain dry with highs in the mid-30s. The meteorological service said Monday night will drop to around 21 and a nightly low is expected on Tuesday 37. Rain and snow are expected to start on Wednesday and continue until Friday.
While Nassau’s highest recorded snow totals were 19.2 inches in Levittown and 17 inches in Elmont and Blending, Seminyak said, the highest was in Suffolk at Islip Airport, 24.7 inches, and 24.2 inches at Bay Shore.
“It will be a breeze in the morning. The wind may be light in the afternoon. You will have snow and storms,” at least earlier in the day.
Officials said the storm, which lasted from Friday night until Saturday evening, closed airports, trains and buses, resulting in at least one death.
Its blistering, buggy winds—with gusts of more than 50mph—was a nightmare for crews plowing and wilting roads, as quickly cleared roads filled with snow again.
The storm hit the island over the weekend, sparing those who would otherwise have to work back and forth. The roads were also left open to icebreakers. On top of that, the snow was more powder than thick, resulting in relatively few blackouts, officials said.
While there have been dozens of incidents, police said most were minor.
As a result, many of the islanders who crowded inland emerged from the winter blast with relatively little regret, save for future dredging.
On Saturday, the National Weather Service said it may “confirm tentatively that blizzard criteria have been met” in Suffolk. A blizzard is blowing or snowing — or both — with winds of 35 mph or more, reducing visibility to a quarter mile or less for at least three hours, according to the weather service. This was the first snow storm to hit the island since January 2018.
Officials said the blackout was isolated and firefighters responded to two small house fires in Plainview and Cedarhurst.
The massive storm brought with it some tragedy.
In Kuchug, in North Fork, Suffolk County, an elderly man died Saturday after falling into a swimming pool while shoveling snow, police said.
According to a report from the Southwold Town Police Department, police received an emergency 911 call around 8:30 a.m. that the man, who has not been identified, had fallen into the swimming pool.
The report said police officers and Cutchogue Fire Department rescue personnel who arrived at the scene pulled the man out of the water and began administering CPR. Rescue workers took him to Stony Brook Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
In Nassau County, a woman was found dead in her car early Saturday morning by a Nassau snowplow operator in Uniondale. According to Blackman, she may have experienced a medical emergency.
The woman, who was elderly, was found around 2:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Marriott in Uniondale, according to Officer Michael Osinger, a spokesman for Nassau Police. He said her car window was open.
At approximately 6 a.m. Sunday, PSEG Long Island reported three blackouts affecting 90 customers. On Saturday, the company said 900 contractors and employees were ready to restore electricity.
George Gorman, Long Island State Parks regional manager, said all state parks across Long Island were closed Saturday.
He said crews worked around the clock to plow and raze the gardens, and it wasn’t clear when they would reopen.
“We dig like everyone else,” Gorman said.
Gorman said state park beaches had higher-than-normal tides Saturday morning, with minor flooding, but it has subsided.