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Long Islanders dig out as some side streets go unplowed

A look at Ronkonkoma on Friday morning, Feb. 10, 2017, after Thursday's snowstorm. (Credit: Ed Betz)

As residents spent Friday digging out, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone acknowledged that some side streets had not been plowed a day after the storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Long Island.

“So those roads still have spots of ice, some roads are still slick. It can be dangerous out there,” Bellone said Friday at a news conference in Ronkonkoma. “People need to take precautions, drive slowly, be careful still.”

Suffolk police officers responded to 148 motor vehicle accidents Thursday but none involved serious injuries, Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. His officers helped more than 150 motorists stranded in the snow.

Most residents heeded officials’ calls Thursday not to drive.

“It would have been a lot worse if people didn’t listen to our warnings,” Sini said.

In Nassau, it’s not known whether all county roads had been plowed. A spokeswoman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said she was unable to gather the information Friday.

Meanwhile, some folks took to social media to complain about lousy cleanup or uncleared roads.

“Nassau County: where it’s apparently optional to plow main roads???” Mikey D. tweeted at 9:58 a.m. Friday.

In Suffolk, though Bellone said crews did a fine job clearing snow to the point where the road’s black surface was visible, some people said there was still too much snow on the roads.

“Thanks Suffolk. . for doing the [expletive] plow job I’ve ever seen,” Kendall Connors tweeted at 4:37 a.m. Friday.

In Babylon, 95 percent of the town’s road were plowed by Friday afternoon, said town spokesman Kevin Bonner.

Crews spent the day widening the plowed areas and expanding them deeper into dead-end streets, he said.

“The sun has helped out a lot today in getting everything done a little ahead of expectations,” he said.

Bonner warned that the low temperature has left icy patches on some roads.

“A lot of the side streets still have thick coats of ice that are not going to go away until the sun comes out tomorrow,” he said.

While the worst is behind us, additional snowfall is expected to arrive late Friday evening into early Saturday morning, with an accumulation of less than an inch, according to the National Weather Service.

That would be on top of the 14.3 inches of snow that fell Thursday at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Any lingering snow is expected to taper off by Saturday morning and temperatures will rebound into the 40s, above the average for this time of year.

While snow may be a nuisance for some, others welcome it.

For Francisco Bonilla, a snow day means a day of lost wages for the restaurant worker. But the Salvadoran immigrant didn’t mind.

“I like it,” Bonilla said in Spanish. “It’s beautiful. In my country, I had never seen snow.”

This story was reported by Sophia Chang, Jesse Coburn, Patricia Kitchen, Mark Morales and David Olson. It was written by Chau Lam.

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