Updated 11:15 p.m Long Island Rail Road service will resume at 4 a.m. Tuesday while above-ground subway trains in New York City will resume an hour later, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said late Monday. The services had been suspended Monday afternoon because of the nor’easter that pounded the area with snow and high winds.
The winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is expected to be lifted by 6 a.m. Tuesday. Commuters were warned to expect continued slippery road conditions and that gusting winds could bring down tree branches.
More rain and snow is likely to continue, becoming all snow after 10am. Wind chill values between 20 and 25.
The Town of Huntington canceled Tuesday’s trash pickup because of the heavy snow left by the nor’easter that moved into the area Sunday night. It also said that a decision about HART bus service would be made by 6 a.m.
Town, county and state officials have repeatedly asked residents to park their cars off the street so that streets can be cleared, and to remain off the roads if possible because of dangerous driving conditions resulting from the snow, ice and wind.
Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday for the New York City metropolitan area.
Cuomo also ordered 130 members of New York National Guard to the areas expected to be hardest hit throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island. The deployment includes five Emergency Response Forces, made up of five vehicles and 20 soldiers each, who can assist local law enforcement and emergency response personnel in a host of storm-related duties. The units are out of Long Island (106th Rescue Wing), the Hudson Valley (105th Airlift Wing), the Capital Region (109th Airlift Wing), Central New York (174th Attack Wing), and Western New York (107th Attack Wing). Also, 30 members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield based in New York City are being mobilized to assist in storm response missions.
The National Weather Service said that heavy snow will continue throughout the day, but is likely change to a light wintry mix Monday evening, with accumulations of 8 to 15 inches and ice accumulations. Winds gusting as high as 50 mph.
- Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged people to stay off the roads. “This is a major event, a multi-day storm. We encourage people to stay off the roads to give the plow operators the ability to do their job, because this is a difficult and challenging storm. It will go through multiple phases and the worst is yet to come,” he said.
- Residents out in the cold can call SCDSS temporary housing assistance unit. 631-854-9547 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. After hours/weekends and holidays please call the SCDSS Emergency Services unit 631-854-9100.
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