The Long Island Expressway will be closed in both directions between exits 57 and 71 while heavy machinery remove hundreds of abandoned vehicles and nearly three feet of snow in some places through 5 p.m. Sunday as the clean-up continues from the worst blizzard to hit LI in years.

Nearly 700 pieces of snow removal equipment have fanned out across Suffolk County this weekend to clear the roads in time for the Monday morning rush hour commute, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sent in additional plows and other equipment from across the state to help.

“Suffolk County has not seen a winter storm like Nemo in years, and the massive amount of snow left behind effectively shut down the entire region,” Cuomo said. “From the moment that it became clear that Suffolk County would bear the worst of the storm’s impact on New York, the state dispensed an unprecedented level of resources, equipment, and manpower to support local relief efforts.”

Motorists who had to abandon their vehicles on the Long Island Expressway during the snowstorm are advised to call 631-904-3050 for information.

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Timothy Bolger is the Editor in Chief of the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.