3rd Update: Snow, Sleet Hit Area; Trash Pickup Canceled

3rd update 1:05 am.  Snow slickened roads and made driving hazardous Wednesday evening and was expected to continue into the mid-morning Thursday. 
 
The National Weather Service said another 1 to 3 inches of snow could be expected for Thursday.
 
As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, these were some of the snow totals on Long Island
Setauket-East Seta           5.0 in    1100 PM 12/16   NWS Employee
Saint James                  5.0 in    1050 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter
1 S Deer Park                4.5 in    1100 PM 12/16   Public
Smithtown                    4.3 in    0930 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter
Saint James                  3.8 in    0850 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter
Riverhead                    3.8 in    1014 PM 12/16   NWS Employee
Lindenhurst                  3.5 in    0930 PM 12/16   Public
Sound Beach                  3.5 in    0915 PM 12/16   Public
East Islip                   2.9 in    0930 PM 12/16   Trained Spotter
Babylon                      2.1 in    0730 PM 12/16   Broadcast Media
Hampton Bays                 2.0 in    0743 PM 12/16   Public
Upton                        1.7 in    0700 PM 12/16   NWS Office
Islip Airport                1.3 in    0700 PM 12/16   Official NWS Obs
 
 
Huntington Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and Highway Superintendent Kevin Orelli outlined steps the town is taking to prepare for the storm and keep the 800 miles of town roads safe and clear as drivers could face a mix of hazards such as snow, sleet and wind.
 
Orelli said the department  had already begun pre-treating roads, and that it has more than 300 pieces of equipment, including surplus military vehicles converted for highway use.
 
Lupinacci said that because of the uncertainty about the storm’s path, the town will continue to update its website with information about closings or reduced hours or services and that residents should continue to check for the latest information. 
 
“Stay home, stay warm and stay safe,” Lupinacci said, reminding residents to remain off the roads.
 
Shortly after snow began falling, several ATV’s could be heard traveling around Huntington’s streets.
 
Some school districts, including Huntington, will go entirely remote Thursday to avoid transportation issues and avoid losing a day to weather. Cold Spring Harbor schools will be closed Thursday. South Huntington said it would have a virtual snow day, meaning it would be on a modified remote schedule. St. Anthony’s High School will be closed Thursday, as will Northport schools.
 

TOWN SERVICES

All of these changes to Town of Huntington services will be posted at huntingtonny.gov where updates will be posted as conditions change and determinations are made:

1: a.m. As of this moment, we plan to have Town Hall open by appointment on Thursday.

 

  • In-person tax payment collection at Town Hall is cancelled for Thursday. We are urging people to pay taxes by mail and alternate methods to avoid the cold outdoor wait on other days, as we can only allow 3 people indoors at a time for tax payments. 
  • Our new Town Court, the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication, has postponed all appearances for Thursday, if you had an appearance scheduled you will be notified of a new appearance date.

 

Environmental Waste Management:

  • Refuse will be assisting Highway with plowing
  • Recycling Center: Hope to open by noon Thursday
  • Trash pickup: Thursday residential trash pickup is cancelled.
  • Yardwaste: Should be pulled off the streets and onto your property line so that the snow plows can get through.

General Services will be keeping the railroad lots and municipal lots cleared and they are providing Highway with every piece of equipment they can spare — plows, sanders, payloaders, and more.

 

HART bus will assess conditions early Thursday, around 5/6AM, to make a determination on whether services will remain up and running Thursday

 

From Maritime Services and our Harbormaster’s office: 

  • This week is always the highest tide cycle. 
  • Wind gusts of 35-45mph may cause some flooding on the causeways in Lloyd Harbor and Asharoken making them impassable at high tide, which is around midnight. We will be staying in touch with the Villages.
  • Bay constables will be monitoring marinas and winter storage boats.

 

Regarding our Parks Department, all fields, skate parks, golf courses will be closed. Dix Hills Ice Rink will close at 8pm Wednesday and they plan to open at 1pm Thursday but will make a determination early tomorrow on that. 

For our Senior residents, if the Senior Center is closed to staff Thursday but you need to get in touch with them, please call 631-351-3304 to leave a message and staff will get back to you.

 

Youth Bureau programs will switch to virtual programming; the Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program will continue to provide teletherapy.

 

 

Lupinacci, Orelli at Huntington Highway Department

 

 

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