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Jan 8, 2018 4:02 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Winter 'Bomb Cyclone' Dumps Over A Foot Of Snow On The East End

Digging out on Main Street in Southampton Village on Friday morning. DANA SHAW
Jan 8, 2018 5:01 PM

A “bomb cyclone” left its mark on Long Island last week, dropping over a foot of snow on parts of the East End and breathing sub-zero wind chills into the area for days following the storm on Thursday, January 4.

The storm was characterized by experts as a “bomb cyclone,” which, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website, forms “when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours.”

Eastport saw 14.5 inches of snow, but Joe Pollina, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton, said the snow levels were lower to the east and varied throughout the region. “We were forecasting over a foot for portions of the East End,” he 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 Long Island lost power in Thursday’s storm, as heavy winds, snow and ice downed lines.

“In the Eastern Suffolk area, from the Town of Brookhaven eastward to the Atlantic Ocean, 7,026 customers experienced outages as a result of the storm,” Jeremy Walsh, PSEG communications senior generalist, said in an email on Friday afternoon. “All of them have been restored.”

Snow began falling on the East End in the early morning hours on Thursday and continued throughout the day, tapering off by 10 p.m. that night.

Blizzard conditions, with heavy snow and strong winds, were followed by a plunge in temperatures and sub-zero wind chills. On Thursday night, temperatures dropped to 10 degrees, and the wind chills were between -5 and -1 degrees. Temperatures over the weekend were as low as single digits.

The storm forced local government officials to declare states of emergency for their specific villages or towns, and had crews clearing highways and staying on call for any emergency situations.

Southampton Town Deputy Supervisor Frank Zappone declared a state of emergency to allow police and emergency crews the ability to work on clearing the roads during the storm, placing a focus on the major roads first.

Mr. Zappone said at times the visibility was 50 feet or less. 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.

Public Safety Director Steven Troyd described the visibility as a “whiteout,” noting that the winds were strong and caused people who were driving to encounter problems.

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

East Hampton Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said that all things considered, everything went well during the storm. While the storm was occurring, Mr. Zappone said he did not receive reports of any major accidents after he, too, declared a state of emergency for the town.

Along with the towns, the villages of Westhampton Beach, East Hampton and Southampton all declared a state of emergency.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also declared a state of emergency across all of Long Island and other parts of the state, also issuing a travel advisory for the majority of the day.

The day after the storm, many schools and government offices remained closed as the East End worked to recover from the storm.

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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
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 (1137), 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 (4886), 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 !

By 27dan (2556), 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.

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