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Riverhead Town declares ‘winter storm event,’ bans overnight parking on roads

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Riverhead Town has declared a “winter storm event” effective at 11 a.m. today and continuing for up to 24 hours.

Residents are urged to stay off the roadways and avoid all but emergency travel.

Parking is prohibited on either side of any roadway during this winter storm emergency declaration between the hours of 8 p.m. tonight and 6 a.m. tomorrow. “Plan now to remove your vehicle from the roadway as not to hamper plowing. The Riverhead Police Department is authorized to impound parked vehicles that affect roadways during the storm,” according to a Riverhead Town press release.

Highway crews will be out working for the duration of the storm, the town said in a press release. The town asks residents not to shovel snow into the street as it creates a hazard for motorists.

“If there is a fire hydrant near your home, please make sure it is visible and shoveled out,” Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said.

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson said crews have been out sanding roads since this morning.

“Everything has been sanded and we are about to start plowing,” he said at 1 p.m.

“We’d appreciate everyone’s cooperation staying off the roads and moving parked vehicles off the roadways,” Woodson said. “People traveling on roads during a storm make our job harder and slows down snow removal operations,” he said.

Closings and cancellations:

All Riverhead town facilities are closed and programs canceled.

Tanger Outlets is closing early at 1 p.m. today.

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