Travel Dangerous; Some Roads Closed Overnight

MIDNIGHT UPDATE: Authorities recommend avoiding unnecessary travel.

A major winter storm Friday left about a foot of snow across much of Long Island, caused a rush-hour nightmare and left roadways treacherous.

At midnight, Farmingdale and the rest of Long Island were still seeing significant snowfall. Weather experts said the snow would be tapering off into the morning hours. The sun should appear on Saturday.

Roads were snow covered and traffic was crawling on major roadways through the evening, with two and three-hour commutes from Manhattan reported.

As the evening went on, major thoroughfares, including the entire Long Island Expressway through Suffolk County, were closed. Part of the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway was also closed to all but emergency vehicles. Abandoned cars littered roadways everywhere, authorities said.

Both the Northern State Parkway and major-east-west routes like Hempstead Turnpike and Sunrise Highway were snow covered and icy.

Several hundred LIPA customers lost power in Farmingdale in the early evening, but power was mostly restored by midnight locally. LIPA reported more than 350 outages system wide at midnight, affecting nearly 13,000 customers across the area.

The Long Island Rail Road ran smoothly through most of the storm, including service through Hicksville to Bethpage and Farmingdale on the Ronkonkoma branch, the LIRR reported.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in response to the storm, which could leave more than a foot of snow across Long Island by Saturday morning.

No serious injuries were reported through the evening hours, authorities said.

Most local events scheduled for Friday night are cancelled, including all weekend activities at Farmingdale State College. Town of Oyster Bay events are also cancelled.

This is a breaking story; check back with Patch for updates.


TheGreek February 09, 2013 at 01:15 AM
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