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Jan 2, 2018 1:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Municipal Offices, Schools Remain Closed Or Have Delayed Openings Friday As Storm Cleanup Continues

Main Street in Southampton Village is currently closed to traffic as crews remove giant mounds of snow that stacked up after plowing. DANA SHAW
Jan 5, 2018 1:54 PM

UPDATE: Friday, 12:10 p.m.

The National Weather Service reported that more than a foot of snow was recorded in parts of the Southampton Town as a result of Winter Storm Grayson, or the “bomb cyclone.”

While many stations in Southampton and East Hampton did not have recorded levels of snow, Eastport saw 14.5 inches of snow.

Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, said the snow levels were lower to the east.

“We were forecasting over a foot for portions on the East End,” Mr. Pollina said on Friday. “We were pretty much on target.”

Along with the snow, strong winds were also felt on the East End, with top speeds reported in areas like Shinnecock Bay, which had a gust of 54 mph, Mecox Bay, with a gust of 51 mph, and Montauk, with a gust of 46 mph.

PSEG Long Island officials reported that more than 21,694 customers on the island were affected by Thursday’s storm, as heavy winds, snow and ice on electric lines posed an increased risk of downed lines and power outages. As of 8:45 p.m. Thursday night, PSEG officials said, 21,139 of those customers had their power restored.

UPDATE: Friday, 7:30 a.m.

Many schools and government offices remained closed on Friday as the East End worked to recover from a blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places.

All Southampton Town offices and facilities, including transfer stations were closed on Friday. In East Hampton, town offices and facilities were operating on a two-hour delay, but were expected to open.

Check local school websites for information on school closings.

UPDATE: Thursday, 4:20 p.m.

State Assemblyman Fred Thiele said out of the 6,300 customers without power, one third of those customers are in Brookhaven and the five East End towns.

While the power outages have not lasted long and he has not heard of any serious accidents, Mr. Thiele said, he anticipates the state of emergency put in place by Governor Cuomo will continue to be in place through Thursday night.

Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Moore said Village Department of Public Works crews have been out plowing the roads since early Thursday morning, but the strong winds and resulting drifting have made it difficult for them to make progress, especially on Dune Road.

“They plan to continue to plow through the night,” Ms. Moore said. “People seem to be heading the warning and staying off the roads. Happily, no one has reported power outages yet.”

UPDATE: Thursday, 3:40 p.m.

In an email on Thursday, East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said that, all things considered, "everything is going well." 

The newly inaugurated supervisor, who only started his position on Tuesday, said that he's received no reports of any major accidents on the roads since declaring a state of mergency at 9 a.m. He did note reports of power outages scattered throughout the town, including on Winding Way and Pleasant Lane. Gerard Drive also suffered power outages, and the road was closed, as high winds had made Gardiners Bay breach the causeway. The supervisor said Town Highway Department crews are still out plowing the roads.

"We are asking people to stay of the roads for their safety and for the safety and efficiency of the plow crews," the supervisor said. 

UPDATE: Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

Southampton Town declared a State of Emergency on Thursday morning as police and emergency crews work to clear the roads during the storm.

Plows were still focusing on plowing major roads on Thursday morning, where visibility is at 50 feet or less, according to Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone.

“Our biggest problem right now is the visibility, the wind, and drifting snow,” Mr. Zappone said.

There were about a dozen motor vehicle accidents reported of people who attempted to drive in the snow, according to the deputy supervisor. The crashes were largely single vehicle accidents, due to spinning out on the ice or the poor visibility levels.

Public Safety Director Steven Troyd described the visibility as a “white out.”

“The winds are pretty strong and it’s causing problems with people driving,” Mr. Troyd added. “They shouldn’t be on the roads.”

Tuckahoe Road was closed on Thursday because of high snow drifts, Mr. Zappone noted.

Mr. Zappone is urging people to stay off the roads for their safety and to allow emergency personnel to do their jobs.

“The less traffic the more effective our road cleanup is going to be,” Mr. Zappone said.

The town has an emergency center opened at police headquarters on Jackson Avenue where police, firefighters, and emergency medical services are available. Non emergency calls can be made to the center at 631-728-3400.

UPDATE: Thursday, 12 p.m.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency across Long Island and other parts of the State, and issued a travel advisory for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"In the face of blizzard conditions and freezing temperatures, I am declaring a state of emergency across New York City, Long Island and Westchester to urge New Yorkers to stay home, stay off the roads, and stay safe," Gov. Cuomo said in a press release. "We will continue to monitor the storm and have deployed hundreds of assets and personnel across the state and on Long Island, ready to respond and assist impacted communities. I ask all New Yorkers to stay informed, and continue to prepare for cold and snow."

UPDATE: Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service said blizzard conditions are expected through the afternoon.

David Stark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton said the heavy snow and strong winds will start to drop off late Thursday afternoon, and the snow should stop between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Though the winds are expected to drop slightly, Mr. Stark said, they are still expected to be between 35 and 45 miles per hour during the day on Friday, and should weaken to 25 miles per hour on Saturday.

Temperatures on the East End are expected to drop to about 10 degrees overnight, and the wind chills will be between -5 and -10 degrees, Mr. Stark said.

He added, on Saturday, the temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits, with wind chills closer to -15 degrees.

UPDATE: Thursday, 10:20 a.m.

East Hampton Town Supervisor Van Scoyoc declared a snow emergency on Thursday morning, beginning at 9 a.m.

Mr. Van Scoyoc said all cars parked on the roads need to be removed so that roads can be plowed.

Quogue Village Police Lieutenant Christopher Isola also asked that people stay off the roads to allow the Village Department of Public Works crews to plow the roads. He added that officers are out on patrol in four wheel drive vehicles and they are operating on normal staffing numbers.

UPDATE: Thursday, 9:30 a.m.

As of Thursday morning, the villages of East Hampton, Westhampton Beach and Southampton have declared a state of emergency because of weather conditions.

The Westhampton Beach Village Hall is closed today and tonight’s Board of Trustees meeting has been rescheduled tfor January 10 at 5pm.

Peter Sartorius, the mayor of the Village of Quogue, said the village office is closed and the highway department is plowing the roads.

“[The] fire department is on standby at the station and prepared to respond to calls if needed,” Mr. Sartorius said. He added that the Village has the ability to email residents who have provided their email addresses, if needed.

The blizzard conditions have also forced many school districts to cancel operations for the day.

UPDATE: Thursday, 9:15 a.m.

The National Weather service said blizzard conditions were seen across the East End of Long Island on Thursday morning, with high winds and heavy snow causing whiteout conditions, and a little thunder mixed in.

According to Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton, snow was coming down at a rate of 2 inches per hour, with some areas even seeing 3 inches per hour, and winds were already gusting to between 45 and 50 miles per hour.

Some areas were expected to see up to 12 to 14 inches of snow, Mr. Morrin said, as conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day until the afternoon, when snow should taper off.

Still, Mr. Morrin said the conditions will stick around for a few days.

“After all is said and done, a shot of brutally cold arctic air will lock everything in place,” Mr. Morrin said. Forecasts show temperatures dropping into the single digits following the storm, on Friday and Saturday.

“Blowing snow will be an issue for the next few days,” Mr. Morrin added.

UPDATE: Thursday, 7:35 a.m.

East Hampton Village officials said due to the impending weather conditions, Village Hall was closed on Thursday and the work session scheduled for the same day was cancelled.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 8:40 p.m.

East Hampton Town offices will be closed on Thursday, and Thursday night's scheduled Town Board meeting has been cancelled, the town announced Wednesday night.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for Southeast Suffolk County that goes into effect at 1 a.m. Thursday and runs through 1 a.m. Friday.

Officials are warning that strong winds could take down trees, power lines, and unsecured Christmas decorations.

Snow forecasts were upped to 8 to 12 inches, with drifts measuring up to 18 to 24 inches, according to the weather service.

Southampton Town Hall will be closed on Thursday, due to the storm, according to Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone.

Many school districts are expected to close schools as well. Check district websites for more information.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning on Wednesday morning for Suffolk County from 1 a.m. Thursday through midnight on Thursday. The 'bomb cyclone' is expected to dump between 6 and 10 inches in much of the county, with higher accumulations to the eastern most portions of Long Island.

Bomb cyclones form "when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours," according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website.

With gusts of wind between 45 and 50 mph, the National Weather Service said blizzard conditions are expected, along with heavy and drifting snow

The National Weather Service said a winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected, and could bring significant amounts of snow that will make travel dangerous. The National Weather Service suggests that an extra flashlight, food and water should be brought along if a person must travel.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A winter storm watch was issued for all of Suffolk County for Wednesday night through Thursday evening, with accumulations of snow predicted to be between 4 and 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow is expected to begin falling during the evening commute on Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service, and should taper off by late Thursday.

Gale force winds between 30 and 40 miles per hour are expected, which could result in drifts formed by blowing snow and significantly reduced visibility.

On Tuesday, Faye Morrone, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Upton said the storm is expected to pull warmer temperatures from the south, bringing the temperature close to 32-degrees on the East End.

“It’s really still something we need to monitor,” she said. “It certainly does look like the East End of Long Island will get more snow than New York City. It’s likely to be one of the more snowier spots.”

The National Weather Service said a winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

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Oh please can we be any more dramatic. I guess if the road crews want to make triple overtime we have to make it sound like a state of emergency. Everyone run out and get their milk now there's going to be 6 inches of snow
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Jan 3, 18 3:06 PM
Ok, ok...I'll finally take the beach chair out of my car
Uncle!
Sheesh...
By aging hipster (167), Southampton on Jan 3, 18 4:03 PM
The 'bomb cyclone' ? Is the news trying to scare the crap out of everyone ?

good god its going to snow ?

watch a good movie and make some coco .
By Erin 27 E (1122), hampton bays on Jan 3, 18 5:57 PM
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Look out your window right now, and Google "Explosive Cyclogenesis."

Yes bomb cyclone is a bit dramatic, but so are the conditions all around us at this moment.
By PBR (4883), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 9:55 AM
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Thank you Alex and crew.
By SpeedRacer (125), Southampton on Jan 4, 18 10:35 PM
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Yes, yes, yes, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving week, Merry Christmas week, Happy 4 day New year, Happy Bomb Cyclone Nor easter 4 day weekend !

Now EVERYONE BACK TO WORKKK !
By 27dan (2521), Shinnecock Hills on Jan 4, 18 10:48 PM
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Do you negatives Nancy's really think these men want to be out for 48 hours or more, in blizzard conditions, doing the best they can under the circumstances, rather than be at home with their families? Get a grip! It is their job, they come when they are called, and they do the work they are hired to do. All while you sit in your cozy little houses and talk crap on this site. This storm was no fun for these guys. Instead of bashing them, you should simply be saying thank you.
By vegas (6), sag harbor on Jan 5, 18 10:11 PM
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Why are you using the term winter storm "Grayson"???

That is Weather Channel marketing, not anything from the National Weather Service.

By susgeek (40), Speonk on Jan 6, 18 9:59 AM
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