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Winter still rocking LI, some schools delayed Monday

A bicyclist makes his way through whiteout conditions

A bicyclist makes his way through whiteout conditions on Sunday as heavy snow pounded Riverhead for the second day in a row. (Jan. 3, 2010) Photo Credit: James Carbone

Strong wind gusts that pummeled Long Island all weekend finally diminished on Sunday, but freezing temperatures continued to make Long Island feel like an icebox.

More snowfall Sunday and icy conditions Monday morning caused some school delays on Suffolk's East End.

There are at least 2-hour delays in the following school districts: Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, South Country Central, Southampton, Springs, Tuckahoe and Wainscott.

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The frigid conditions are due to a New Year's storm that crawled up the East Coast several days ago, embarked on a circular pattern when it reached northern New England and has been "spinning around" ever since between Maine and Long Island, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Cristanello.

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"It really hasn't moved in the last couple of days," he said.

The storm was expected to move east Sunday night and settle over Newfoundland, where it will keep Long Island temperatures around the freezing mark through Wednesday at least, Cristanello said.

Wind gusts surged to around 50 mph in parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties yesterday morning.

Snowfall peaked at 5.3 inches in Orient, the weather service said. Elsewhere in Suffolk, snow accumulations ranged from 1 inch in Mattituck to 4.8 inches in Upton.

Despite flurries yesterday afternoon, no snow accumulations were reported in Nassau.

Kennedy and LaGuardia airports each recorded a tenth of an inch of snow. Central Park saw 0.2 inches of snow.

The Long Island Rail Road canceled train service Sunday between Ronkonkoma and Greenport because of high snow drifts in the Mattituck and Southold areas. Fewer than half a dozen trains were affected by the weather, a railroad spokesman said. LIRR officials say they expected service to be back to normal by this morning.

The winds knocked out power to 1,809 customers from noon Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday, a Long Island Power Authority spokeswoman said. All but 30 customers had power restored as of last night, according to the LIPA Web site.

Power outages peaked this weekend at 4 a.m. Saturday, when 1,069 customers were without power, LIPA said.

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