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Winter weather continues across Long Island

Snow starts to fall on the Long Island

Snow starts to fall on the Long Island Expressway in Medford. (Dec. 31, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

After a snap snowstorm Thursday morning that provoked over 100 accidents on Long Island roads, 2010 started with more winter weather across Long Island.

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The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement this morning warning of slippery roads and surfaces after a wintry mix fell across most of Long Island overnight.

Earlier snowfall Thursday led to major traffic headaches, causing more than 100 minor fender-benders throughout Nassau and Suffolk, police said.

"I counted 84 accidents from about 8:30 this morning," Trooper Frank Bandiero, a State Police spokesman, said shortly after 1 p.m. "Nothing major - a few multiple-car accidents and just a few minor injuries.

"But most could have been avoided if people would have just slowed down."

A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said the agency received calls for dozens of accidents, "mostly fender-benders and nothing serious," she said.

A Nassau County police spokesman also said there were numerous minor accidents, but "nothing major reported."

Also Thursday, a person was struck on the train tracks east of Woodside, prompting the LIRR to temporarily suspend local westbound service between Jamaica and Penn Station and delaying other trains.

The National Weather Service said an inch of snow was reported in Bellerose and Plainview, 1.1 inches in Centereach and .9 inches in Upton.

Snow began falling around 8 a.m. in parts of Queens and Long Island. There were more than a dozen accidents on Long Island roads between 8:23 a.m. and 11 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation Web site.

At about 10:30 a.m., the Long Island Expressway was down to one cleared lane east of county Route 111 in Manorville.

LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Liberty International airports also reported departure and arrival delays, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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