Long Island is under a winter storm warning as four-to-eight inches of snow began falling early Monday morning and is expected to continue through the evening, disrupting school, business and travel.
The warning, which is in effect through 7 p.m., means snow-covered roadways and visibilities of a quarter mile or less will make travel dangerous, according to the National Weather Service.
“Only travel in an emergency,” Upton-based NWS meteorologists said in a statement. “If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
The flakes were falling at a rate of one-to-two inches an hour before 9 a.m. The storm is disrupting much of the Northeast, creating travel delays just as those in town for the Superbowl are trying to get home.
The wet snow, unlike the fluffy stuff that fell on LI last month, is expected with this storm to bring down tree branches and power lines, causing outages. This type of snow is also more difficult to predict accumulation amounts for, experts say.
Another storm is forecast to bring another one-to-three inches of the white stuff Tuesday night into Wednesday, according to NWS.
And then this weekend, more snow is expected starting Friday night, possibly through Sunday.
Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline: 1-888-684-4274
Suffolk County Non-Emergency Hotline: 631-852-COPS
PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075