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Storm update: Nor’easter brings a wet wintry mix, heavy rain, strong winds

Photo: Denise Civiletti

The forecast of impacts from a nor’easter bearing down on the region continues to be a moving target this morning.

Precipitation was wetter earlier in the day than originally expected and has already begun to change over to all rain. Precipitation will be heavy at times, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

The winter storm warning has been canceled. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for northern Nassau County and New York City.

Forecasters early this morning were still calling for snow accumulation of six to 10 inches on the East End, but that has changed as precipitation quickly became sleet and then sleet and rain. No further snow accumulation is expected today, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Riverhead Town Highway Superintendent George Woodson says he is wondering if, when all is said and done, there will be enough snow on the roads to plow.

“We’re being told it will change over to all rain by 11,” Woodson said.  “So we’ll see what happens.”

Highway crews began applying sand/salt to town roads at 3:30 a.m., he said.

Northeast winds will blow from 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. The strongest winds are expected from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Schools, government offices and many businesses all closed today in anticipation of a significant snowfall. Suffolk County Transit bus service is canceled. All Cross Sound Ferry Services departures are canceled. The LIRR is operating on a normal weekday schedule, with delays, subject to cancellations and suspensions of service as conditions worsen. See complete list of closings, cancellations and delays.

Roads are and will remain slippery with travel treacherous, Woodson said.

“If you can stay home, stay home. But if you have to go out, please drive slow,” he said.

A coastal flood warning is in effect today from 9 this morning until 4 this afternoon for areas along the bays. Tidal departures of two-and-a-half to three-and-a half feet above astronomical tides are expected.

Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter and editor, an attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a “writer of the year” award from the N.Y. Press Association in 2015. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website. Email Denise.