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Snow falling across the East End this morning will make road conditions slippery this morning, with total accumulations of two to five inches. Localized snow amounts of up to six inches are possible, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for snow and will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and reduced visibilities, the weather service said.

Area schools first announced a two-hour delayed opening today, then began announcing closures. (See list here.)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith declared a “winter snow event” at 6 a.m. and ordered all parked cars off town roads.

The amount of accumulating snow took NWS forecasters by surprise. As of late last night, forecasters thought no more than one to two inches of snow would fall.

Town highway crews have been out plowing since about 2 a.m., Highway Superintendent George Woodson said this morning.

“Use extra caution when traveling this morning,” Woodson said. “The roads are icy underneath the snow. Leave extra time and drive slow.”


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