Long Island Rail Road
Long Island Rail Road

The MTA Tuesday afternoon urged customers using the Long Island Rail Road to leave work early because an early-arriving winter storm.

“The MTA urges customers to leave work early & finish traveling early tonight, especially those who use Metro-North & LIRR,” the agency said. “The storm arrived earlier than predicted, bringing higher snow accumulation & stronger wind gusts, raising the prospect of snow drifts of up to 2 feet.”

The MTA noted that snow accumulation of 10 inches or more could force the agency to suspend service.

As of 2:30 p.m., the LIRR was reporting good service on all its branches.

The National Weather Service said that Long Island could get blanketed with up to 14 inches of snow.

Light snowfall started early Tuesday morning and grew stronger in the early afternoon.

It is expected to pick up in intensity around 7 p.m. and continue that way through the overnight hours, forecasters said.

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