Heavy snow will fall today on the East End as a pair of coastal low pressure systems track southeast of Montauk Point, according to the National Weather Service.
Accumulations of six to 10 inches are forecast from Riverhead east to Orient on the North Fork and across the South Fork today, with locally higher amounts to 12 inches possible, the weather service said. Northerly winds will gust to 45 mph today.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. A coastal flood advisory is also in effect this morning.
“Bands of moderate to heavy snow will continue to develop across the area this morning. Snowfall rates will increase along with visibilities dropping as low as one quarter mile at times. Road conditions will rapidly deteriorate through the morning commute making travel difficult. Travel is not recommended,” the weather service said in a special weather statement this morning.
Accumulations in western Suffolk should be in the four to eight inch range, the weather service said.
No parking is allowed on either side of any town roadway in Riverhead. Parked cars may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Motorists are urged to reduce travel speed as roads are snow-covered and travel is difficult.
Riverhead schools and schools across the region are closed today and all before-school and after-school activities and programs are canceled.
Riverhead Town Hall will open at 10:30 today. Municipal trash collection and all senior and recreation programs are canceled.