Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith has declared a state of emergency in the Town of Riverhead.
The amount of snow that has fallen in a short period of time has made road conditions dangerous and nearly impassable, Jens-Smith said.
Jens-Smith’s declaration follows those issued this morning by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
The governor’s declaration also covers Nassau County, New York City and Westchester County.
“Our message to residents in Suffolk is to stay off the the roads. These are dangerous conditions,” Bellone said at a press conference this morning at the county DPW yard in Yaphank.
“The is a difficult, challenging and dangerous storm,” Bellone said. There are whiteout conditions, he said. Wind gusts are expected to reach as high as 60 mph today before 2 p.m.
Road conditions will continue to be treacherous after the storm passes because of frigid temperatures forecast through the weekend, he said.
Riverhead Highway Superintendent said town plow trucks have been out plowing since early this morning and will continue to work to keep the roads open. Blowing snow makes plowing difficult but so far no roads have been closed by drifting, he said.
“Please stay off the roads,” Woodson said. “I can’t stress that enough. It is dangerous to drive in these conditions.”
There have been numerous reports of disabled vehicles and accidents on roadways all over town, including on main thoroughfares like Route 25. Riverhead Town Police are working in treacherous conditions to help disabled motorists.
All flights at MacArthur airport are canceled. JFK airport is closed and LaGuardia is canceling more than 95 percent of flights, Cuomo said.
PSEG-LI is currently reporting more than 2,000 customers without power across the island.
All parked vehicles must be removed from the streets in Riverhead, or may be towed at the owner’s expense, Riverhead Police said
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