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Jan 6, 2017 11:35 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: East Hampton Town Lifts Parking Restriction After Snow Storm

Callum Menelaws, Ben Barris and Burton Garneau sledding at Southampton Youth Services on Sunday afternoon.   DANA SHAW
Jan 9, 2017 9:11 AM

UPDATE: Sunday, 9 p.m.

East Hampton Town lifted the parking restriction on its roadways on Sunday evening. All offices in the town will be open for regular business hours on Monday.

UPDATE: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman lifted the state of emergency in his municipality on Sunday morning.

In East Hampton, a snow emergency is still in effect, according to Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell.

Mr. Cantwell is asking all drivers to stay off the roads so crews can remove the snow. In case of an emergency, Mr. Cantwell has authorized clearing of private roads—otherwise know as urban renewal roads—to allow access for emergency vehicles.

The East Hampton and Montauk Recycling Centers are open, but residents are asked to consider delaying their visit until a later date.

UPDATE: Saturday, 4:25 p.m.

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman declared a local state of emergency at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The Hampton Bays Senior Center on Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays was designated as a special needs shelter during the state of emergency.

The snow is expected to taper off by midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE:

Saturday, 3:25

p.m.

Southampton and East Hampton town officials are warning drivers to stay off the roads during the storm.

"Blowing snow will decrease visibility and cause drifts making roadways very difficult to navigate," Southampton Town Police Sergeant Frederick Boese said in a press release on Satuday. "Roadway surfaces are very slippery. Expect the eastern portion of the township to be hit the hardest."

Sgt. Boese said that since 10 a.m. on Saturday his department received several calls for accidents due to the poor driving conditions.

In East Hampton, Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell declared a snow emergency starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. He is also asking drivers to refrain from driving on the roads until further notice because of the icy conditions.

UPDATE: Saturday, 12:50 p.m.

The South Fork is expected to receive at least one foot of snow during the storm, according to a new update from the National Weather Service

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All Southampton Town Transfer and Recycling Centers closed at noon on Saturday due to the winter storm warning. The centers are expected to reopen tomorrow, Sunday, January 8, at 10 a.m.

UPDATE: Saturday, 9 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Upton is predicting even heavier snow accumulations on the East End as of 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The NWS is now expecting between seven to 11 inches of heavy snow to fall, according to the latest update on its website. The snow fall will likely be at its heaviest during the late morning and early afternoon.

The winter storm warning will remain in effect until Sunday at 1 a.m.

Drivers are being urged to stay off the road, as visibilities will be less than a quarter mile.

UPDATE: Friday, 4 p.m.:

The storm watch was upgraded to a winter storm warning as of 3:22 p.m. Friday.

The upgrade means it is seeming more likely heavier snow accumulations will fall on the East End, with the National Weather Service in Upton now predicting between 4 and 8 inches of snow.

A winter storm warning suggests there could be severe winter weather conditions on Saturday with "significant amounts of snow" being forecast. The snow, coupled with temperatures in the low 20's, can make travel dangerous on Saturday.

Snow is predicted to start on Saturday morning and continue throughout the day until late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Winds are expected to range between 10 and 20 mph with gusts reaching as high as 25 mph.

Some East End school districts, including Southampton and Bridgehampton, have canceled scheduled activities for Saturday citing dangerous conditions.

ORIGINAL STORY

A winter storm watch has been issued for Saturday on the East End, which is likely to be blanketed with an additional four to seven inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow is part of Winter Storm Helena, which is currently dropping roughly four inches of powder in the South. According to Brian Ciemnecki, a meteorologist with the NWS in Upton, the storm track is currently predicting between four to seven inches on the East End of Long Island and in Connecticut, though a shift in the storm could bring up to 10 inches on top of the roughly two already on the ground on Friday. A shift in the other direction, however, could result in one to two inches.

“It will probably be a very white Saturday for most people on the South Fork,” Mr. Ciemnecki said.

In addition to the snow, the East End should brace for colder temperatures, with Mr. Ciemnecki saying both Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the 20s. Monday will see temperatures hovering around freezing. Temperatures will climb to the mid- to low-40s on Tuesday, when Mr. Ciemnecki said some of the snow will be able to melt.

The winter storm watch is in effect from Saturday morning through late Saturday night. Snow is expected to start falling Saturday morning, continuing throughout the afternoon and overnight, finishing before Sunday morning. Snow is likely to create slippery and dangerous road conditions, particularly on side streets, and officials are warning motorists to use caution when driving.

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By Mouthampton (321), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 11:58 AM
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By SHResident (48), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 12:56 PM
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Thank you for that local hostility.
By Mouthampton (321), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 1:43 PM
I agree.... not a nice thing to say. He was only asking a question.
By marybmary (40), east hampton on Jan 6, 17 3:04 PM
TOO cheap.
By Draggerman (626), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 8:44 PM
The NWS Upton snow forecast map just bumped the East End's snow forecast to 7-8," and the Boston NWS map now predicts 18-24" for Cape Cod. Looks like another classic Nor'easter shaping up IMO, with the center of the low going well east of Cape Cod by Sunday.

Depending on the track of the polar vortex and the Jet Stream over the weekend, these forecasts could change (obviously).

With strong NE winds expected, the high tides could once again challenge folks in the SW part of Gardiners ...more
By PBR (4797), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 1:42 PM
Maximum sustained northerly winds for tomorrow are predicted to be only 20 mph, so the high tide at Lazy Point later in the afternoon may not be too much above normal. Also the recent Upton update cuts back a bit on the snow totals. It seems as if the storm may be moving a bit offshore compared to earlier forecasts. Cape Cod's forecasted snow was reduced to a max of 18" down from 24" so perhaps the action is all moving a bit offshore consistent with the jet stream maps.

Hasta manana . ...more
By PBR (4797), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 8:07 PM
The current high tide at Fort Pond Bay Montauk is about 1' above normal, and northerly winds are as forecast +/-, so hopefully Lazy Point and Flanders are doing OK in terms of flooding.

Stay safe . . .
By PBR (4797), Southampton on Jan 7, 17 3:31 PM
Pray for wind shift...
By Toma Noku (552), Southampton on Jan 6, 17 2:11 PM
And people...stay home.
By Preliator Lives (223), Obamavillie on Jan 7, 17 12:39 PM
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Highway Dept will be on the job under the direction of that great Son Of Scotland Alex Gregor.Be safe out there
By watchdog1 (384), Southampton on Jan 7, 17 2:00 PM
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White filth, Sunny and warm down here you can keep keep your four seasons Ill keep my Mojito

Be carful driving up there y all
By joe hampton (2819), On Vacation on Jan 7, 17 4:32 PM
No sledding in Florida.

So sad...
By Mr. Z (9045), North Sea on Jan 8, 17 10:50 AM
What is an urban renewal road? If it is private, why are taxpayers paying to plow it? If it is for emergency vehicles, then send the property owners a bill?

In case of an emergency, Mr. Cantwell has authorized clearing of private roads—otherwise know as urban renewal roads—to allow access for emergency vehicles.
By Amagansett Voter (20), Amagansett on Jan 9, 17 7:27 AM
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Sections of urban renewal roads connect segments of town roads. Firetruck or school bus might not be able to safely pass without plowing "private" road. Harbor Blvd in Springs is example.
By harbor (282), East Hampton on Jan 9, 17 1:33 PM
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