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Long Island updates for Feb. 17

Village of Farmingdale employee Andy Fisch drives a

Village of Farmingdale employee Andy Fisch drives a sander and plow truck for the Department of Public Works as snow falls on Dec. 14, 2013. Vote in today's poll to tell us how well your local municipality has plowed the roads near you this winter. Credit: Steve Pfost

Although we've wrapped up today's live coverage, below, you'll find a rundown of stories that Newsday has been following throughout the day. 

You'll also find the poll of the day, traffic, transit and weather alerts, and updates from our staff via social media. (Mobile users can access this additional content using the link below.)

POLL: RATE LI SNOW REMOVAL

About a year ago, Brookhaven highway department acting superintendent Michael Murphy resigned after he was criticized for taking four days off during a snowstorm that dropped more than two feet on town roads. 

Long Island hasn't faced a blizzard of that magnitude this February, but a steady band of snowstorms did snarl traffic and delay — or close — schools throughout this month. Newsday asks, how has the snow removal been in your neighborhood? Vote in today's poll to let us know how well your local municipality plowed the roads near you. 

WEATHER

Long Islanders awoke to temperatures in the teens Monday morning and watched the thermometer rise to the high 20s and 30s across the region. It's expected to drop back down to a low of 19 degrees tonight.

Although there's no snow on tap today, expect some more of the white stuff to fall after midnight. There's the potential for accumulating snow — up to 4 inches in Nassau County and 2 inches in Suffolk — during Tuesday morning's commute, according to the National Weather Service.

TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT 

LIRR. The Long Island Rail Road is operating on a holiday/weekend schedule today, which means off-peak fares will be in effect all day and service on the following branches will be impacted as follows.

-- No service on the West Hempstead Branch. Customers should use Hempstead, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Mineola or Merillon Avenue stations instead.

-- No service to and from Greenport. Use Montauk Branch instead.

The LIRR also reminded customers that starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, customers using the West End Concourse will be redirected down the ramp to a staircase leading to the subway as work on new stairs begins.

NICE. Nassau Inter-County Express buses are running on a Saturday schedule today. View schedules here: http://bit.ly/1eIxAhs

MASSAPEQUA PARK. Sunrise Highway has reopened after being closed for nearly 45 minutes Monday due to a crash involving a minivan and a box truck. Police said the driver of the van suffered injuries after hitting the back of the truck on westbound Sunrise Highway near Cartwright Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m.

CORRECTION

An earlier version of this post stated that the Hempstead Town Board would be holding a public hearing Monday on a proposal to create a resident-restricted parking district in East Meadow near Nassau University Medical Center. The meeting is actually taking place tomorrow, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall. Check Tuesday's live post for updates from Newsday's Aisha Al-Muslim, who will be tweeting from the hearing.

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