Winter storm: Latest updates and what Long Island needs to know
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Here are snow updates from Newsday staff around Long Island, with a few helpful websites and tips for dealing with the weather.
*FORECAST: Shortly before 6 a.m., the weather service said Bay Shore in Suffolk County had the most snow, 11.5 inches, followed by 9.5 in Port Jefferson. Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma recorded 8.9 inches. Get the latest weather forecast. newsday.com/weather
*COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY: The National Weather Service issued coastal flood advisory for southern sections of Suffolk County. The advisory is in effect from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*TRAVEL: The Long Island Expressway reopened as of 8 a.m. Also, the LIRR, which will follow its weekend schedule, may suspend service if snow reaches 10-13 inches. See the latest traffic and LIRR delays at newsday.com/traffic. The HART Bus fixed route service is suspended for the remainder of Friday, the Town of Huntington announced.
*AIRPORTS: John F. Kennedy International Airport has reopened after closing for a few hour this morning due to the storm. All At Long Island MacArthur in Ronkonkoma, commercial flights canceled Thursday evening have resumed. Check out delays at airports in the region at newsday.com/flighttracker.
*POWER OUTAGES: As of 7 a.m., 26 customers remained in the dark, according to the PSEG Long Island. Overnight, there were as many as 822 customers without power.
*CLOSINGS: Hundreds of schools and groups have announced closings or cancellations. Find out what’s closed. newsday.com/closings
*SHARE: Send in your photos and videos at newsday.com/sharewinter. Share your tweets, Instagram and Twitter photos using #LIsnow.
Officials said Friday that City Hall and the Recreation Center are open and garbage pickup will be on the normal schedule. The Long Beach Public Library, main branch on Park Avenue, opened at 1 p.m. At 2:20 p.m., normalcy returned to Long Beach when surfers re-entered the water. -- James T. Madore
Per the town's website, sanitation and recycling collection will be suspended Friday and picked up on the next scheduled day.
All town programs and activities have been canceled until further notice – check back to oysterbaytown.com for updates.
All programs and activities at town community centers are canceled Friday.
Levy Park & Preserve will remain closed to visitors until further notice, according to the Town of Hempstead's Twitter feed.
* STAYING WARM: If the power goes out, it’s important to know how to stay warm. Gather together. A crowded room becomes warmer than one with just a few people inside. Close doors to all but essential rooms. Open curtains and shades to let the sun's warmth in, then close them at dusk. Wear extra, loose layers of clothing and a head cover, and use layers of blankets on beds. Do not use electrical generators inside, prop open the oven door or keep oven burners on.
*SNOW SHOVELING TIPS: Wear breathable layers, and avoid heavy woolen clothing, manmade materials or other materials that don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Push, don’t lift. If you push the snow to the side rather than trying to lift the snow to remove it, you exert less energy thereby placing less stress on your body. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. Pay attention to your surroundings. When shoveling snow near streets, be aware that vehicles may not have good traction in the snow and ice.
* KEEP PIPES FROM FREEZING: The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to keep faucets running on a slow drip if there is any danger of your water pipes freezing. The most vulnerable pipes are those that run through unheated crawl spaces or unprotected areas of the home.
* CLEAR HYDRANTS FOR FIREFIGHTERS: Water utility New York American Water asks homeowners and local businesses to take a few minutes to make sure they keep areas surrounding fire hydrants clear so firefighters can connect their equipment without delays.
* KEEP PETS SAFE: Be alert to frostbite: Skin can turn red, gray, white or scaly. If you believe your pet has frostbite, contact your veterinarian immediately. Always keep ID tags on your pets in the event they should get lost during the storm. Be sure to walk your dog on a leash and minimize exposure time, also taking care to keep all of your pets clean and wiped down after going outside (road salt can irritate or burn pets and can sometimes cause more serious conditions like seizures). If in doubt, be sure to keep your pets indoors throughout the duration of the storm.