Riverhead Town Police are advising motorists to use caution on local roads this morning as light snow will continue to fall through about 8 a.m.

Riverhead highway crews have been out salting local roadways since about 4 a.m. today, Highway Superintendent George Woodson said in a phone interview.  He urged motorists to slow down and be aware that icy patches still persist. 

Accumulations of less than an inch are expected, according to the National Weather Service.

A major winter storm is expected to impact the tri-state area Saturday night into Sunday. A winter storm watch is posted for New York City, Nassau and western Suffolk, with 3 to 6 inches of snow forecast by the weather service.

On the East End, there is the potential for 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet accumulations with a glaze of ice Saturday night into Sunday, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will rapidly fall Sunday afternoon and evening, creating the potential for a flash freeze, according to the forecast. If this occurs, it will create a sheet of ice on any untreated surfaces, the weather service said.

In addition, minor to moderate coastal flooding will be possible, mainly with the Sunday morning high tide cycle.

Dangerous wind chills around 10 below zero are possible Sunday night into into Monday morning, the weather service said.

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Denise Civiletti
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