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Forecast: Snow, hazardous roads for Monday morning commute

A National Weather Service radar image from Sunday,

A National Weather Service radar image from Sunday, March 20, 2016. Credit: NWS

Forecasters Sunday urged caution on Long Island roadways Monday due to accumulating snow during the rush hour, and the MTA has advised Long Island Rail Road commuters to allow for extra time to catch their trains.

The storm is expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow on the East End of Long Island by Monday morning with about 4 to 6 inches predicted for everyplace else, weather officials said.

The bulk of the snow is expected to fall just before the Monday morning commute begins, said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Upton. The Long Island Rail Road will be operating, said officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, but preparations have been made for possible delays.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory late Sunday for Nassau and western Suffolk in effect until 10 a.m. Monday. A winter storm warning was issued for eastern Suffolk County through 10 a.m. Monday.

Hazardous driving conditions are expected through the morning commute because of snow-covered roadways and visibility reduced to between a quarter- and half-mile, according to an alert from the weather service Sunday night.

Stony Brook University officials said Sunday night they had canceled all classes and other scheduled events through noon Monday.

Light snow flurries arrived on some parts of Long Island Sunday night but the “bulk of the snow” was expected to come overnight, “tapering off during the morning,” Buccola said.

Clouds and rain could linger through about 11 a.m. Monday before giving way to sunshine and temperatures in the mid-40s, forecasters said.

East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell said Sunday no closings in Montauk or elsewhere in town had been planned but that could change.

“We’re ready to go and preparing the snow plows and getting the equipment, salt and sand ready,” Cantwell said. “I don’t know if town offices will close. We’ll have to see what it looks like tomorrow morning.”

PSEG Long Island spokeswoman Elizabeth Flagler said Sunday the utility company was monitoring the storm.

“We have performed system checks on critical transmission and distribution equipment and performed logistics checks to ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies,” Flagler said in an email. “A full complement of personnel will be on hand to deal with any outages caused by the weather.”

Faye Barthold, another meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Upton office, said it was difficult to determine how the snow and cold will effect Long Island roadways.

“Any snow should definitely stick to grassy surfaces and cars — the roads are harder to tell,” Barthold said. “It’s been fairly mild so the ground is fairly warm, but the bulk of the snow will be falling overnight when it’s cold.”

With Lisa Irizarry

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