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Long Island snowstorm updates: Latest on weather, traffic and LIRR
The National Weather Service has upgraded expected total snowfall amounts to 10 to 14 inches for Nassau County and most of Suffolk.
Suffolk's South Shore and the South Fork will get off "easy," looking at 8 to 10 inches, with 6 to 8 expected for the tip of the South Fork.
Some parts of Long Island could get a decent shot of snow overnight, according to the latest forecast.
Here are a few highlights from our live coverage today: (Mobile users can access social media updates via the link below.)
Mangano: Snow helped nab suspect
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said crews began brining county roads at midnight. By noon Thursday all county roads had been plowed at least twice, some as many as four times, he said.
"Conditions are passable but I urge motorists to slow down and leave space between cars," he said.
Mangano said there have been 63 reported -- mostly fender benders -- which is higher than a normal day but less than recent snow storms.
The snow, however, has also served as a useful crime-fighting tool, he said.
A man who robbed a Dunkin' Donuts in Massapequa was apprehended by Nassau police after they followed his footprints to his home, Mangano said.
Thursday's storm, Mangano said, will drain the county's $1.4 million snow budget for 2014, which covers supplies such as sand and salt and overtime for Department of Public Works employees.
The county has a crew of 238 DPW employees working during todays storm.
Mangano said the county will now be forced to move funds from other areas of the DPW budget to cover the shortfall.
The county had 6,000 tons of salt on hand before the storm and expect to use about 2,000 tons today through Friday. The county will order more supplies as early as next week.
"We have an adequate supply of salt and sand right now," he said. -- ROBERT BRODSKY
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Long Island and most of eastern New York because of a long-term snow storm he says will churn up to a foot of snow, ice and rain, reports Newsday's Michael Gormley. Read more about this in newsday.com's Spin Cycle blog at http://bit.ly/NFQvV5.
Airports: Long Island MacArthur Airport tweeted that Southwest Airlines, US Airways and Penair canceled all flights out of the airport today.
To get additional information about Friday flights, contact individual airlines.
Allegiant Air: 702-505-8888
US Airways: 800-428-4322
For inclement weather information at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark, visit bit.ly/1mqzFDG.
Traffic and transit: Visit traffic.newsday.com for updates.
Buses: Nassau bus riders should visit nicebus.com or follow NICE on social media for updates. Suffolk County Transit bus customers are advised to visit sct-bus.org or call 631-852-5200 for service updates.