The storm is passed, but the snow is deep and temperatures will plunge through the night, according to WALK Meteorologist Pat Pagano. That’s bad news for many Long Island drivers, and thousands of our neighbors who remain without electrical service.
Overnight lows will dip into the teens, according to Pat; and as of 6:00 p.m., more than 2,800 Long Island households and businesses in Suffolk and 96 in Nassau were without electricity, according to PSEG-LI.
For some it’s an evening of candle light or firelight, and staying warm with the help of romantic music, --provided by battery-operated radios. Others will be seeking shelter with friends, family or with the help of local town and community services.
Today’s blizzard-like conditions are responsible for system-wide delays on the LIRR Thursday evening, and the decision to cancel 20 trains, including seven on the Babylon branch and three on the Huntington-Port Jefferson branch. Authorities continue preparing for Friday morning service.
Police in Suffolk and Nassau counties report more than 100 calls Thursday about traffic accidents or calls from stranded drivers and passengers. Police this evening say primary roads will be passable through the night, but say roads could be dangerously icy.
At the peak of the storm Thursday afternoon, more than 5,000 customers lost electrical service, according to PSEG-LI. Despite wind and rapidly falling temperatures utility crews continue working to restore service island-wide.
The hardest-hit community is Southampton, where more than 1,200 households and businesses were without service at 6:00 p.m.. Other significant pockets of darkness are reported in the towns of Southold, 1,006; East Hampton, 406, and Babylon, 117, according to the utility.
If you must be on the road, --and find yourself driving behind a snowplow, public safety officials in Suffolk say forget the usual rule about keeping a car-length apart for every 10 mph., --they say to keep back at least 200 ft. Remember: sudden braking may cause skidding., and that four wheel drive may propel your vehicle, but won’t help you stop safely on an icy road.
Be sure to listen to WALK 97.5-FM for weather reports, snow totals, and travel information with Mark and Jamie Friday morning, --and check WALKRadio.com for a complete list of cancellations and delays.