Frozen riverwalk, Feb. 18, 2021. Photo: Peter Blasl

Updated – Feb. 13, 6:15 a.m.: The coastal low pressure system bringing winter weather to the region today is tracking more to the south than forecast models predicted yesterday, and that will result in somewhat lower snow accumulations than forecast, the National Weather Service in Upton said in a statement this morning.

Long Island should still see snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches today after the rain and wintry mix this morning changes over to all snow after about 7 a.m.. Snow may still be heavy at times, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible, the weather service said. Total accumulations may be locally higher.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

A coastal flood advisory is also in effect until 5 p.m. for the East End. One and a half to two feet of inundation above ground level is expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline, the weather service said.

“With the southward trend of the storm track, winds have also backed off a bit,” the weather service in Upton said. The area can still expect to “see the potential of NE-N gusts of 20 to 30 mph, highest along the coast,” according to the statement.

“Travel could be very difficult,” the weather service said in a warning statement issued at 6:24 a.m. today. Hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute, the warning said.

No parking on town roads Tuesday

Riverhead Town Supervisor Tim Hubbard has declared a winter storm emergency. He has directed that there shall be no parking permitted on either side of any roadway during the winter storm emergency. Vehicles parked in violation of the order are subject to towing. The emergency declaration went into effect at midnight.

Schools, Riverhead Town offices closed

School district across the region, including Riverhead, announced late yesterday they would shut down for the day Tuesday.

Riverhead Town Hall and town offices will be closed today. Town Supervisor Tim Hubbard initially said town offices would have a delayed opening at 11 a.m. but later decided to keep the facilities closed today. All offices will reopen tomorrow at 8:30 a.m., according to a travel and weather advisory from the town.

See local closings, cancellations and delays here.

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