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Jan 19, 2016 2:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Southampton School District Closed Monday

Members of Boy Scout Troop 483, Hampton Bays shovel out the United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon.  DANA SHAW
Jan 25, 2016 4:29 PM

UPDATE: Monday, 7:35 a.m.

The Southampton School District announced Monday morning that all schools would be closed for the day.

According to an email from the district, schools are closed because of inclement weather and road conditions. All after school and evening events are also canceled.

UPDATE: Sunday, 8:35 p.m.

The MTA has announced that 7 of the 12 LIRR branches will be fully operational by 5 a.m. Monday, with partial service on the Montauk line as far east as Speonk.

The Ronkonkoma, Huntington, Babylon, Greenport, Port Jefferson, Port Washington and Oyster Bay lines will all be operating as normal, according to a press release.

All of those branches account for 80 percent of LIRR usage. Riders should check lirr42.mta.info, however, for the service statuses, "as some details may change as restoration efforts continue," the release said.

UPDATE: Sunday, 5:20 p.m.

School districts on the South Fork are beginning to announce delayed openings for Monday morning.

The Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays, Tuckahoe, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Wainscott, East Hampton, Springs, Amagansett and Montauk school districts have all announced two-hour delayed openings.

The Our Lady of the Hamptons School will also have a two-hour delayed opening. According to the schools's website, the parents meeting that was scheduled is canceled and folders will be sent home with students instead.

In Hampton Bays, Grade 4 band will take place at 9 a.m. at Hampton Bays Middle School. Morning Pre-K will operate at a normal schedule at 9 a.m., according to the district website.

In Sag Harbor, there will be no morning Pre-K program, according to an email from the district. Winter bus stops will be in effect.

In East Hampton, morning BOCES will not take place, according to an email from the district.

UPDATE: Sunday, 3:40 p.m.

Westhampton Beach Village lifted its state of emergency at 2 p.m., Mayor Maria Moore said.

She added that residents should limit travel to only when it is necessary, and said the Village Department of Public Works crew worked during the storm and throughout the night to clear roads.

"There is still a lot of work to do in the coming days with snow removal and clearing sidewalks, and we ask for everyone's patience in that regard," Ms. Moore wrote in an email. "I'd like to thank our residents for their cooperation yesterday in staying off the roads.

"As a reminder to those clearing their driveways today, please take it slow, and do not push the snow into the street," she added. "It creates a hazardous driving condition."

UPDATE: Sunday, 1:15 p.m.

Southampton Town will remain in a limited state of emergency until private roads can be cleared and are safe to drive on, according to a press release from Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman.

Dune Road west of Ponquogue Bridge to the Quogue Village line is still closed, the release said. All main roads are open.

“Our Highway Department did a terrific job during this blizzard under the leadership of Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor. They worked tirelessly through the night and insured that our roads are safe. I also want to thank the private contractors who helped clear our roads. The public should also be commended for heeding our warning and for staying off the roads. It made everyone’s job easier. There were no major accidents and it looks like Southampton was also spared any major problems with beach erosion and flooding.”

During the blizzard, the town used 70 pieces of equipment in total, including 50 plows and 20 outside snow plow contractors. There were six minor motor vehicle accidents, but none had involved injuries. Two of those accidents involved vehicles that hit a town snow plow.

Snow plows also helped clear the way four times when ambulances were needed.

UPDATE: Sunday, 11:45 a.m.

Long Islanders on Sunday are digging themselves out of as much as 26 inches of snow that was dumped by Saturday's storm, dubbed Winter Storm Juno.

The South Fork in particular, according to the National Weather Service, saw the lighter end of the storm, with about 15 inches of snowfall.

Governor Cuomo's travel ban was lifted at 7 a.m., and Southampton Town lifted its state of emergency at about 11:30, but residents are encouraged to limit travel so highway department crews can continue to clear roads.

As of 9:25 a.m., East Hampton Town and Village's states of emergency were still in effect and will remain so until roads are cleared, the town's website said.

The Hampton Jitney, according to its website, resumed its westbound services at 11 a.m., and services from New York City heading east will resume at 2 p.m. Riders should anticipate delays.

The LIRR remains out of service, according to MTA's website, as many train yards and stations are buried in more than two feet of snow. "LIRR personnel will work throughout the day to restore the railroad, focusing on the most heavily-traveled branches first, with a goal of bringing back service for the Monday morning rush," the website states.

According to PSEG's website, less than 10 customers are without power throughout Southampton Town, and 140 in East Hampton Town—specifically in Montauk—are also without power. Service is expected to be restored no later than 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE: Saturday, 10:35 p.m.

The state-issued travel ban that was declared earlier Saturday will be lifted by Sunday morning.

Governor Cuomo announced that state and county roadways will reopen Sunday at 7 a.m. and, until then, only authorized emergency vehicles, hazard vehicles, and critical health care personnel will be permitted to drive. Driving during a travel ban, when not authorized to do so, is a misdemeanor charge that includes fines up to $300.

The MTA will also conduct an assessment of the LIRR by 6 a.m. and restore service accordingly, according to the governor's website.

Additionally, PSEG has continued to restore power on the South Fork, with just 33 customers affected in Southampton Town as of 10:30 p.m., but more than 100 people in Montauk and 80 people in Springs still without power. It is expected to be restored no later than 12 p.m. Sunday, according to PSEG's website.

UPDATE: Saturday, 5:35 p.m.

Both the Hampton Jitney and Long Island Railroad have suspended their services due to severe blizzard conditions throughout the region.

According to Hampton Jitney's website, "service has been suspended pending the return to safe operating conditions."

According to the MTA's LIRR call center, it is not known exactly when that service will be restored, but it will be sometime Sunday.

UPDATE: Saturday, 4:45 p.m.

Many residents throughout the South Fork who were without power Saturday due to the blizzard have had their power restored.

According to PSEG, which had reported nearly 1,400 outages from Eastport to Montauk earlier Saturday, is now reporting about 560 outages in the region, specifically in Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, West Hampton Dunes, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Shinnecock Hills, Water Mill, Sag Harbor, Northwest Harbor, East Hampton Village, Springs, and Montauk.

Power is generally expected to be restored by late Saturday, although Montauk, which currently has 291 customers without power, is expected to be serviced by 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to PSEG's website.

Additionally, due to the rough weather conditions, funeral services for weather buff and Bridgehampton resident Richard G. Hendrickson, which were supposed to take place Saturday morning, have been rescheduled. They will now take place 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton, with a burial to follow at Edgewood Cemetery, also in Bridgehampton.

UPDATE: Saturday, 1:10 p.m.

Governor Cuomo has issued a travel ban on all state and county roads, effective 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Additionally, according to PSEG's website, more power outages throughout the South Fork have been reported, with an estimated 1,400 customers without power from Easport to Montauk.

UPDATE: Saturday, 10:55 a.m.

Both East Hampton Town and East Hampton Village have also declared a state of emergency.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads, and parking is prohibited on major thoroughfares.

Storm-related issues can be reported by calling the East Hampton Town and Village Emergency Operations Center at (631) 324-0288. For immediate emergencies only, call 911.

According to a press release, "the town is prepared to open an emergency shelter in Montauk and in East Hampton, should conditions warrant. If it becomes necessary to open the shelters, the town will make an announcement accordingly."

New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has also issued a state of emergency for all of Long Island, as well as New York City and other downstate counties.

According to PSEG's website, power outages have been reported throughout the South Fork, with customers affected in the following areas: Westhampton Beach, Hampton Bays, Shinnecock Hills, Southampton, North Sea, Noyac, Sag Harbor, Wainscott, Amagansett, Springs and Montauk.

UPDATE: Saturday, 9:35 a.m.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman has issued a state of emergency for Southampton Town.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads and to remove all vehicles that are parked on streets to help assist with plowing. Unannounced road closures and flooding in low-lying areas are also a possibility. Town facilities will remain closed.

Anyone with a snow-related emergency can report it to the Emergency Operations Center at (631) 728-3405. Power outages should be reported directly to PSEG at 1-888-730-3774.

The Village of Westhampton Beach has also issued a state of emergency, according to Mayor Maria Moore. "I urge our residents to stay home and off the roads until the storm passes through," she wrote in an email. "Our Public Works Superintendent John Kearns and his team, and our Police Chief Trevor Gonce and his staff, have things well in hand."

UPDATE: Saturday, 9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service is now estimating 12-18 inches of snowfall on the South Fork from Saturday's blizzard.

Ms. Buccola, the National Weather Service meteorologist, said all other factors, including wind speeds and direction, remain the same.

“There are developments of heavy bands. And as the storm gets closer, we have a better idea," she said.

According to PSEG's website, there are no power outages on the South Fork. An email from the company early Saturday morning stated that power outages can be reported by calling 1-800-490-0075.

UPDATE: Friday, 5:15 p.m.

In anticipation of Saturday's storm, Southampton Town closed Dune Road from the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays to the Quogue Village Line at 3 p.m. Friday, and it will remain closed "until further notice," according to a press release.

Transfer stations throughout the town will also be closed Saturday, with a delayed opening Sunday at noon.

The release from the town states that anyone with a weather-related emergency should call (631) 728-3400, and seniors should call (631) 728-1235 in the case of an emergency.

On Friday, Mr. Schneiderman said that the town is as prepared as it can be for the storm, and that he will be out with highway department crews on Saturday to help them clear the snow.

"We don't know exactly what the storm will bring, but, based on what the National Weather Service is telling us, we're prepared," he told The Press. "We have a big day ahead tomorrow. We'll make sure we're doing our best to protect the public. There's always an unpredictable nature to these things."

He also added that residents should check on their neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled, to make sure they are OK during the storm.

"We are going to, as needed, open up town facilities that have generators," he said. "We also hope that the community reaches out if they known that somebody can't get out of their house. Everybody should pitch in the best they can."

UPDATE: Friday, 11 a.m.

A blizzard watch for the Long Island region has been upgraded to a warning, in effect starting 4 a.m. Saturday and lasting through Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Carlie Buccola said Friday that western portions of Southampton Town will see about 8-12 inches of snow, while areas further east and out toward Montauk will see anywhere from 6-8 inches. The snow is expected to begin falling around daybreak.

“A warning means it’s imminent,” Ms. Buccola said. “It is going to be a blizzard, and it is going to have significant impacts. The hazards are really heavy snow, winds.”

North to northeast winds are expected to move between 25-35 mph all day, with gusts picking up to 50 mph at times, Ms. Buccola said. The rough gusts and the bulk of snow accumulation are estimated to take place in the late afternoon to early evening.

There is also a coastal flood advisory that will be in effect, upgraded from a watch Thursday, as the tides are expected to be 2-3 feet above astronomical tide, and could lead to minor coastal flooding at South Fork beaches, Ms. Buccola said.

As for rain, the meteorologist said that it’s not likely to occur.

“There is a very slight potential for the South Fork for sleet, but not enough to really mention,” she said. “It really won’t impact snow accumulation.”

Thanks to knowing about the storm ahead of time, local municipalities are ready to tackle it head on.

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor said Friday that several department crews were out as early as 4 a.m. pre-treating 30 miles of roadway throughout the town with a salt brine, along with molasses. The treatment will help plows with clearing snow.

Mr. Gregor also said the town has a total of 36 snow plows and seven payloaders ready for removing the snow, as well as three salt farms “strategically placed” throughout the town that each contain about 1,500 tons of salt and sand. Highway department members will report to duty early Saturday morning and will most likely be working through Sunday to clear the snow from streets and sidewalks.

“We’re going to come in tomorrow, all 62 highway people,” Mr. Gregor said. “We’re here for the duration.”

In East Hampton Town, Supervisor Larry Cantwell said at Thursday night’s Town Board meeting that the highway department and other town personnel “are prepared and ready to go.”

“My best advice would be to get anything you need to get done … Friday, and then hunker down on Saturday. Let the people who need to clear the roads do their work.”

Mr. Gregor agreed. He advised that people should stay off the roads Saturday and that even if there is an emergency to consider if it’s worth driving in white-out conditions, which the South Fork is expected to see at times with the heavy winds.

He also stressed that people should not park their cars on the sides of streets, as it will make clearing the snow more difficult for the plows, and that if people are out driving, to pull over to the side if they see the flashing lights that signify a snowplow.

If people see downed power lines, Mr. Gregor said to stay away from them and call PSEG Long Island at 1-800-490-0075. For any other emergencies, he said to call the highway department at (631) 728-3600, or the police. “Only call for a true emergency,” Mr. Gregor stressed. “There are only a few dispatchers.”

“Please, don’t be a thrill-seeker,” he added. “The best thing is to be smart, be safe, and, if you can, just ride it out. Use the time now, get what you need, and we’ll get through this. Winter’s more than halfway over now. We want to thank the men and women [of the Highway Department] for giving up their time, even though it's their job."

UPDATE: Thursday, 5:05 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard watch for Long Island, New York City and northeast New Jersey that will be in effect Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon, although it could be upgraded to a warning on Friday.

According to Mr. Engle, the meteorologist from the National Weather Service, the watch means that there is “at least a 50 percent chance of seeing blizzard conditions.” Blizzard conditions are wind speeds of at least 35 mph for three hours or more, causing snowdrift.

There has also been a coastal flood watch issued for the region from Saturday evening into later that night because of a moderate threat of tidal flooding, Mr. Engle said, adding that “we could see minor coastal flooding during the morning Saturday tide cycle.”

Mr. Engle also said that the South Fork is now expected to see about 4-6 inches of snow beginning Saturday morning, with snow accumulating in the afternoon, which is a slight decrease from previous estimations.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 1:55 p.m.

Jay Engle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s New York office in Upton, said on Wednesday that there is a “moderate potential” that the South Fork will see at least six inches of snow from this weekend’s storm, and that there is a “low potential” for at least one foot.

Mr. Engle also said that the region could see blizzard conditions on Saturday, with wind gusts at at least 35 mph and visibility at no more than a quarter of a mile. With that also comes the potential for some coastal flooding, especially Saturday morning and night. “There is the potential for significant beach erosion,” the meteorologist said.

Mr. Engle explained that more concrete details about the storm will be know Thursday, as weather forecasters will have a better idea of how far north the storm will move.

“We’re still at the point where there’s still some uncertainty in the forecast,” he said. “We’re still in kind of the potential talk.”

Original Story

A winter storm is expected to hit the South Fork this weekend starting on Friday, but, despite various reports, it may be too soon to determine how bad a storm it might be.

According to Kevin Kacan, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s New York office in Upton, snow is currently expected to hit the region starting Friday afternoon and into the evening hours, but he added that it could change, possibly into a wintry mix, depending on how the storm develops as it heads in Long Island’s direction.

“There are many unknown variables to it right now,” Mr. Kacan said. “Right now, we’re saying snow.”

Mr. Kacan also said it was too soon to determine how many inches of snow might fall, as the duration of the storm will vary, again, depending on how the storm develops.

“It could extend into Sunday morning,” he said. “It really depends on how the storm hits.”

Check 27east.com throughout the rest of the week for more information about the upcoming storm.

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I HATE winter.
I HATE winter.
etc.
By harbor (392), East Hampton on Jan 19, 16 2:51 PM
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Thats why I leave for 6 weeks Its a living hell
By They call me (2649), southampton on Jan 19, 16 6:58 PM
Do you like vermin and pestilence?

Without a solid freeze, the mosquito and tick population would be out of control...
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 20, 16 7:16 AM
I go to Hilton Head no freeze hear, and no vermin either.

And no heat bills or property damage from the snow plows.

I may just sell my NY property and move hear, sooo much better
By They call me (2649), southampton on Jan 20, 16 1:15 PM
The only thing worse than winter are the people that tell you they love snow.
By louse pt. (143), springs on Jan 20, 16 9:38 PM
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Move. It drives me crazy to hear people complaining about Winter when they live in the North. It is not normal for it to be warm. If you want warm temperatures and no snow. MOVE. Stop complaining.
By Polandspring (83), Southampton on Jan 21, 16 9:15 AM
Ticks thrive during long periods of cold. Look it up.
By jackiemay (23), east hampton on Jan 22, 16 8:59 AM
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Can't move. Won't stop complaining. Nope. Did I tell you I HATE WINTER!
By harbor (392), East Hampton on Jan 22, 16 9:04 AM
You must have never been to Alaska. I'm quite sure they get a deep freeze in winter and there are not many places on earth that has more mosquitoes in the summer. Winter season keeps the snakes away but not mosquitoes.
By deelove (142), Bridgehampton on Jan 22, 16 11:22 PM
A covering of snow will help them survive. During a straight up freeze, they do not fare well.
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 23, 16 1:05 AM
So far we have made out better than last winter. One good piece of news is that the ocean temp is about 47 F. off Montauk Point, much higher than normal for this time of year. Also the predicted air temp for the next week includes daily highs above freezing, with next week's highs to be in the mid-40's.

In terms of tides, Saturday's full moon combined with Montauk's high tide at 8:20 PM Sat., could result in flooding in the Peconic Bay estuaries which face NE, such as Lazy Point and the ...more
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 19, 16 3:16 PM
Correction, at the bottom left corner of the map, there is a link for creating a URL which can be bookmarked and brought up again with the current map settings.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 19, 16 3:35 PM
The NWS has a new site for tracking weather with a graphic user-generated map. This new system appears to be in the process of replacing all the static maps we are used to, like the Upton snow forecast map. There is a slide bar at the top right which lets the user go forward in time and see the forecast develop over time.

digital [dot] weather [dot] gov

Once you have zoomed in, and requested the specific data (for instance "snow" in the drop-down menu), unfortunately it does not ...more
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 19, 16 3:27 PM
Sorry the correction above belongs here.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 19, 16 3:35 PM
This is custom made for Richard Hendrickson


By joseph chiarello (5), QUOGUE on Jan 19, 16 6:06 PM
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Most models pushing it south and later. Still snow for us but more like Saturday into sunday. Still a long way out though.
By C Law (339), Water Mill on Jan 19, 16 7:16 PM
The NWS Upton snow forecast map was updated early this morning, forecasting 8-12" of snow for the middle of the Island, with only 4-6" expected as far east as Montauk.

The Liquid Equivalent Precipitation map, however, shows a uniform 3/4" total LEP for the entire South Shore of LI, meaning the East End will receive significant rain also..

The editors here have previously allowed the posting of US government NWS URLs in these weather events, in the interest of public safety and ...more
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 5:28 AM
Here are the NWS Upton snow and LEP maps:

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/okx/stormtotalprecip.php
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 5:30 AM
The Upton forecasts have been halved +/- FYI.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 20, 16 6:24 PM
The people who run the Tuckahoe Emergency Weather Bunker off of Magee Street have an interesting take on this weekend's weather....


Tuckahoe Emergency Weather Bunker

Folks, we are the only ones who care about you enough to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth....at this point, if we get more than 3-5 inches...we''ll be surprised.

As Chuck-D and Flava-Flav say: "Don't believe the hype!"
By KevinLuss (356), SH on Jan 20, 16 1:31 PM
your ruining there fun Kevin.

Jan 21, 16 7:21 AM appended by They call me
Channel 12 says, We may have the potential for at least 1 to 18 inches across some areas, but its to soon to tell If we have the potential to reach that maximum or minimum across the region. We should stay tuned for the latest developments because It could be sunny or rainy or Blizzard like conditions, but Its possible not regional but localized somewhere else.... impending impacts could moderate to a above seasonable yet has the potential to change over to a blustery or a mix.... if it starts It should end either Friday AM through PM or Sat or Sunday midday or evening . BE SURE STAY TUNED for more accu weather hyper local winter WARNINGS updates and ALERTS ...
By They call me (2649), southampton on Jan 21, 16 7:21 AM
The NWS Upton map has gone back to 8-12" of snow forecast for up-island and 4-6" for Montauk. The Appalachians are probably going to get a couple of feet of snow west of Norfolk VA and Washington DC.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 21, 16 8:13 AM
For the East End, this morning's snow forecast map out of NWS Upton shows 8-12" possible east of the Canal near the ocean, dropping to 6-8" from Noyac to Montauk. Parts of the Appalachians west of DC are now forecast to get 48" possibly!
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 22, 16 5:56 AM
After watching the NE radar in motion over the last few days, it appears to these eyes that the system is picking up speed, and that the area of rain is hugging the coast more than forecast IMO. Is it possible that the East End will get more of a rain or mixed precip. event?
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 22, 16 3:05 PM
Here is the radar in motion -- judge for yourselves:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/national/weather-radar?play=1

And thank you to the editors for allowing the posting of this link for live weather, in the interest of public safety.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 22, 16 3:09 PM
However the Upton snow map was just updated, and now calls for 12-18" up-island, and 8-12" for the entire East End.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 22, 16 3:55 PM
A photo op for two do nothing weenies
By chief1 (2663), southampton on Jan 22, 16 6:54 PM
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I am so tired of this BS cant we just have a normal 4 to 6 inches enough already year after year of just taking a beating from these plow drivers. Last year they buried my car . and the salt and the dirty slush this really is the pits
By 27dan (2660), Shinnecock Hills on Jan 22, 16 7:30 PM
Compared to other parts of the Country, snow is not bad. I'll take snow over earthquakes, tornadoes, mud slides, drought, forest fires. California could have a drought, forest fire, earthquake, and mudslide all in the same week.
By deelove (142), Bridgehampton on Jan 22, 16 11:25 PM
The recent NWS Upton forecast map now projects up to 18-24" of snow along the South Shore from Staten Island to Calverton, with 12-18" possible from Riverhead to Montauk. The revised NWS Boston map is consistent with 12" projected for Westerly RI to Point Judith.

Winds at Buoy 44017 off Montauk are 35-40 knots from the ENE, with air temp of 35 F and water at 47 F -- both relatively warm.

The upcoming high tide at Montauk's Fort Pond Bay is going to be about 2' above normal. Tonight's ...more
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 7:30 AM
The 4:45 AM Upton update says:

. . . "WITH ALL OF THIS CONSIDERED...HIGHEST SNOWFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE CITY...THE IMMEDIATE SURROUNDING SUBURBS...AND MOST OF LONG ISLAND. THINKING IS THAT THE FORKS REGION WILL SEE LOWER SNOW TO RAIN RATIOS WITH A WARMER THERMAL PROFILE. NO CHANGES TO THE HEADLINES FROM THE PREVIOUS FORECAST."

[The NWS original text is all-caps FYI.]
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 7:38 AM
Stay home.
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 23, 16 8:33 AM
Good advice Z. Stay off the roads peeps.
By dnice (2343), Hampton Bays on Jan 23, 16 9:06 AM
LOL, Phil is already there
By They call me (2649), southampton on Jan 23, 16 10:20 PM
"Mr Schneiderman will be out Saturday to help clear the snow" Well that's a relief lol
By chief1 (2663), southampton on Jan 23, 16 9:14 AM
----- Flood Warning for Lazy Point etc.. -----

The falling tide in Montauk's Fort Pond Bay appears to have bottomed about 3 hours early, and is now rising again, to a level of 3' above normal. If the water level keeps rising until the scheduled high tide at 8:20 PM (or later due to the strong NE wind), the flooding at Lazy Point etc. could be profound from now until tomorrow Sunday at noon or so IMO.

Hopefully the editors will permit the following link to remain, so that residents ...more
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 12:28 PM
http://tidesonline.nos.noaa.gov/plotcomp.shtml?station_info=8510560+Montauk%2C+NY
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 12:29 PM
The recent high tide was still almost 3' above normal, but the winds are weakening, so the worst may be over. Tomorrow morning's high tide is around 9 AM.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 11:11 PM
On Friday, Mr. Schneiderman said that the town is as prepared as it can be for the storm, and that he will be out with highway department crews on Saturday to help them clear the snow.

If he can get out of his Girlfriends parents basement.
By Draggerman (883), Southampton on Jan 23, 16 12:59 PM
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Thank you, PBR, for your service to our community. I have no idea if you are young or old, but your insight is something I look for in every storm. I hope the press allows you to keep us all informed.
By Mjkre (2), Hampton bays on Jan 23, 16 11:51 PM
Thanks. It is amazing how much NWS data is available online hours, if not days, ahead of the public reports from Upton. One can actually track the weather in real time, and thanks to the Press for keeping the links above.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 6:40 AM
Although the snow is over, the risk of flooding remains, as the upcoming high tide in Fort Pond Bay is still going to be 2-3' above normal, and the winds remain strong ~30 knots out of the North at Montauk Buoy 44017 and the New London Ledge light station. Wave heights are around 15' still, so it will be interesting to see photos of damage to the new beaches in Sagaponack and Bridgehampton, as well as at the Army Corps' dune restoration project in Montauk.
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 6:46 AM
Snowfall totals will be in the general TV news this morning, but the detailed list discloses some interesting trends for us on The East End, due to the warm ocean temps.

Commack and Islip received 26" of snow, whereas Southampton is reported to have received "only" 14.5 inches. Gone are the days when Mr. Hendrickson could be counted on to give a detailed report on the Bridgehampton snow. According to other sources, his funeral yesterday had to be postponed until next week, DUE TO THE WEATHER! ...more
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 6:56 AM
Here is the detailed list of snow totals for the entire NYC metropolitan area FYI:

http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=OKX&product=PNS
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 6:59 AM
FYI went to Recycling Center they are closed today.
By horacehat (2), shirley on Jan 24, 16 7:34 AM
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true
By slynchahole (1), easthampton on Jan 24, 16 8:10 AM
Sounds bad I am sure I will need to replace a bunch of trees at the house when I get back to NY like I did the last 2 years. what can you do...
By joe hampton (3325), on vacation on Jan 24, 16 12:16 PM
JOB WELL DONE HIGHWAY DEPT.Channel 12 does a very poor job covering the East End.No interview with Town Supervisor or Mr Gregor just grainy picture from some building in Riverhead.We should demand they have a crew stationed herer during storms.
By watchdog1 (517), Southampton on Jan 24, 16 3:31 PM
Even the dog is loving the snow...
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 24, 16 3:45 PM
oh ? Were you over at Phils house ?
By They call me (2649), southampton on Jan 24, 16 5:08 PM
Well at least New England lost
By joe hampton (3325), on vacation on Jan 24, 16 11:08 PM
I was just reading a new your city paper comments are angry about the snow and Cuomos actions,

Massive snow dump prompts extraordinary action by government

It’s the nagging fear many have about our government: what would happen if martial law was declared? New York City just found out

Reactions ranged from outraged to amused.

“Threatens arrest citizens for being on the streets 1 day due to snow. Illegals are free to roam the other 364.”

“Haha. ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (1912), southampton on Jan 24, 16 11:36 PM
almost seemed they didn't bother clearing during the storm like everywhere else in snowy America? Just so they could practice their police state obedience.

No city in America has ever elected a communist for mayor before...Martial law declared in NYC due to bad weather! Getting the sheeple accustomed to what is to come? ...
By joe hampton (3325), on vacation on Jan 25, 16 12:45 AM
You guys are ridiculous.

When I was going to school in PA, a two to three foot blizzard did blow through now and again. Know what they did?

Everyone was ordered to stay home, stay off the roads, and they would even shut the city down for a day or two. No one fear mongered, no one cried "martial law", very few people (if any) b****** and moaned, and people found ways to enjoy passing the time, especially the children sled riding and making snowmen.
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 25, 16 7:11 AM
I was in the city for the storm this weekend. Let me tell you No one was in favor of the Governors authority complex, nor did anyone pay any attention to it.

The people were all out and about both In cars and on foot. Everyone worked together Including the people and our fine NYC police Dept, Everyone laughed at the silly communist loving Mayor and his threats including the police. We did just fine.
By Undocumented Democrat (1912), southampton on Jan 25, 16 7:41 AM
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You do realize that at least three people died in the five boroughs removing snow?

It's always easier to apologize than to ask permission, and truly one is better safe than sorry. One may think they can beat Mother Nature, and occasionally one does win a battle or two. But, no matter what eventually everybody loses the war with her when they die.
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 25, 16 2:23 PM
Closing Southampton Schools today? I was out all day yesterday, and the roads were fine. The snow was over early Sunday, and plenty of time to plow out. What a bunch of lame, scared, lazy people we have become. With a budget of 39 k a student tou think they would have their act together. Time for a new superintendent!
By chief1 (2663), southampton on Jan 25, 16 7:44 AM
I think I need a job working in the SUFD.
By foodwhiner (140), Southampton on Jan 25, 16 9:31 AM
And if a school bus was involved in an accident because of road conditions, you'd most likely be the first pointing fingers about why the schools were even open. Either way, you'd find a reason to criticize someone, or something.

When I left the house this morning, every road on the way to work was snow covered except for 27.
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 25, 16 4:46 PM
Noyac Road is a disaster and a lot of students live along the road. Unfortunately cost the school a snow day but better safe than sorry. Second year in a row.
By North Sea Citizen (528), North Sea on Jan 25, 16 8:45 AM
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The roads were fine? The only road near sag harbor that was any good was 114. I don't know exactly what the state crew does differently, but it's night and day with the town and village. Noyac had 6 inches of dirty snow on it and scuttle hole had the same as of 8:30 this morning. And I haven't seen a plow truck since yesterday morning. We never would have had a school closing 2 days after a storm when I was in school.
By bubby (236), southampton on Jan 25, 16 8:45 AM
Interesting article in the weekly paper to the east (online edition) purportedly showing builder Joe Farrell and friend standing in the bed of a Jeep pickup truck in a sinkhole at Mecox Bay, after they decided to check out the storm damage on the beach (and thereby became further damage themselves). Oh Darwin . . .
By PBR (4907), Southampton on Jan 25, 16 3:27 PM
'Alt-Lifestyle' Igloo for Rent (Briefly) on Airbnb After Blizzard


GREENPOINT, NY — For a mere $200 this igloo could have been yours for a night, if only Airbnb hadn't spoiled your fun.

An igloo built in an India Street backyard went up for rent on Airbnb Sunday, following the historic Blizzard Jonas that dumped about 26 inches of snow on the city.
By Mr. Z (11126), North Sea on Jan 25, 16 7:39 PM
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By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Jan 26, 16 10:31 AM
Future Stars, Summer Camps,