It’s “a potently-dangerous, fast-moving storm.” And it’s here. Now. WALK Meteorologist Pat Pagano says this morning’s blizzard warning remains in effect, and that our first major winter storm of 2017 will drop more than 10” of snow by this evening, with snow drifts and wind-gusts of more than 40 miles-per-hour.
The Suffolk County Emergency Operations Center is open; and officials, including County Executive Steve Bellone, are keeping an eye on conditions throughout the county and maintaining communication with public safety authorities throughout Long Island and New York State. Suffolk officials will report on local conditions this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Officials in Nassau are expected to issue a report on local conditions later this morning from Nassau’s Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage.
Pat Pagano, and authorities throughout the region encourage everyone to stay put, and to put-off any unnecessary travel today.
Those who must drive, are encouraged to remember: KEEP YOUR HEADLIGHTS ON, --they won’t help you see, but will help others see YOU. Texting and/or using your phone while driving is illegal (even in pleasant weather). Keep plenty of space between you and the next vehicle, as sudden braking may cause skidding. And keep in mind: four wheel drive may propel your vehicle, but won’t help you stop safely.
High winds always raise concerns about downed power lines. but as of 10:00 a.m. PSEG-LI reports fewer than 70 power outages in Suffolk, the majority are in the Town of Babylon.
Long Islanders know the story: stay safe at home, if possible; park off-street to make way for snowplows and emergency vehicles; check WALKRadio.com for a complete list of cancellations and delayed openings; listen to WALK 97.5-FM for updates throughout the day, and for reports about travel conditions for the ride home.