This 53-foot-long, 80-ton steel snow removal vehicle dubbed 'Darth Vader' is part of Long Island Rail Road's winter weather arsenal. (Photo: MTA / LIRR)
This 53-foot-long, 80-ton steel snow removal vehicle dubbed ‘Darth Vader’ is part of Long Island Rail Road’s winter weather arsenal. (Photo: MTA / LIRR)

The Long Island Rail Road said Thursday it was experiencing systemwide delays due to the nor’easter pounding the Island.

The scattered 15-minute delays were caused by trains forced to slow down because of slick tracks from snowfall that began overnight and intensified around 7 a.m..

Luckily for many riders, the delays came toward the tail-end of the morning commute.

“Throughout the rush hour, it actually went very smoothly,” LIRR spokesman Sal Arena said.

With trains running all morning, the tracks didn’t see significant accumulation, he noted.

Officials will continue to monitor the storm and update customers throughout the day.

“We can’t predict right now what the [evening] peak is going to look like,” Arena said. “We anticipate full service.”

Several LIRR branches were also experiencing delays due to a switch problem west of New Hyde Park.

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