Snow, sleet, rain. Repeat.
Last night’s storm turned out to be a fickle affair, with precipitation overnight changing back and forth from snow to sleet and rain, back to snow and then again to sleet and rain.
In the end, slushy conditions prevail on local roads and highway crews are working to push the slush off the roads and clear intersections.
“It’s very heavy and it’s slow-going out there,” Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson said this morning.
“But we’re getting things cleaned up.”
The town has rescinded a winter storm emergency issued last night in advance of what forecasters predicted could be a six to eight-inch snowfall.
Riverhead schools, like most local school districts in the area, are operating on a two-hour delay this morning.
While western portions of the region had snow accumulations of four to six inches. But in Suffolk County — and on the East End in particular — precipitation remained mixed for much of the storm’s duration.
It was mostly sleet and rain until about 3 a.m., Woodson said. Then it changed over to snow and it came down heavy at times before changing back to sleet and rain, he said.
The National Weather Service says temperatures across the area will remain near or just above freezing through the morning commute. Untreated surfaces will likely be slippery.
“Use extra caution if you plan to travel this morning as road conditions may be hazardous,” the weather service said in a statement.
Cold temperatures are forecast for the remainder of the week, with overnight lows tonight expected to dip into the teens. Brisk northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph will gust up to 30 mph tonight.
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