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Snowstorm update: What LIers need to know

A snow plow works to clear snow from

A snow plow works to clear snow from Wagon Lane in Centereach on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Latest snowstorm news, helpful websites, apps, resources and more.

* TRANSIT: While a traffic ban has been lifted throughout New York, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the East End has been hit hard by the storm. The LIRR is running on a Sunday schedule for the rest of today. There could still be delays and cancellations on Suffolk-bound trains. See the latest traffic and LIRR updates.

* FORECAST:  Get the latest weather forecast at and

* CLOSINGS: New York City schools are closed. So are schools on Long Island. Find out schools and other groups closed for snow.

* GET READY: Things to do now and key resources.

* DOWNLOAD APPS: A dozen useful apps to download.

* EMERGENCY KIT: 12 things to pack.

* AIRPORTS: Many airlines are already canceling flights on Tuesday. Check out delays at airports in the region.

* SHARE: Send in your photos and videos. Share your tweets, Instagram and Twitter photos using #LIBlizzard.

* 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, man-made 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 that 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 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.

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