Main Street, Riverhead during the Jan. 4 blizzard. File photo: Peter Blasl

The nor’easter in today’s forecast has been slower than expected to arrive, but it’s still coming and is still expected to drop up to a foot of heavy, wet snow in the Riverhead area, according to the National Weather Service.

Higher snowfall totals are forecast for western Suffolk — up to 15 inches — and in Nassau and New York City, where up to 18 inches are possible, the weather service said.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Riverhead Central School District is closed today.

Other school districts — including Shoreham-Wading River, Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold and Greenport — will have a regular opening and a possible early dismissal, school officials said.

See list of closings, cancellations and delays.

Precipitation may begin as a mix of snow and sleet this morning on the North Fork before changing over to all snow this afternoon.

Snow will be heavy at times late in the day and this evening, according to the weather service forecast.

Winds will blow at 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

“Travel will be very difficult to impossible, especially during the evening commute. Expect significant reductions in visibility at times. A combination of the heavy snow and wind gusts up to 45 mph could bring down tree limbs and power lines, creating power outages,” according to the NWS warning statement.

An upper low is moving east as a coastal low develops just east of the Delmarva peninsula, according to the weather service. The coastal low will track near the
40N/70W benchmark, which lies southeast of Montauk Point, setting the region up for a major winter storm, the weather service says.

A coastal flood warning for minor to moderate coastal flooding is in effect from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today. A coastal flood advisory remains in effect from from midnight to 4 a.m. tomorrow.

Riverhead Town Police have issued a weather and travel advisory urging caution on the roads.

Downed trees and power lines may cause power outages, police said. “Remember to treat all power lines as energized and stay far away from them,” police said in the advisory. Report all downed lines immediately to police at 631-727-4500.

Report power outages to PSEG-LI at 1-800-490-0075. You can register with PSEG to report outages by text message. Text REG to 773454 to register. Once registered, text OUT to report an outage.

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Denise Civiletti
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