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(Photo by Michael Damm/Long Island Press)

The first winter storm of the season dumped more than six inches of snow on parts of Long Island on Thursday, snarling the evening commute with nearly 500 crashes an causing more than 6,000 of power outages.

The National Weather Service reported the highest snowfall accumulation on LI was in Manhasset, which got 6.5 inches. The highest amount in Suffolk was 5.3 inches in North Babylon. The storm was originally expected to be mostly a wintry mix with an inch or two of accumulation, but the forecast was upgraded to five inches of snow as the storm arrived.

PSEG Long Island still had more than 4,400 outages its crews were working to restore as of Friday morning while the Island remained under wind and flood advisories as the storm cleared the region.

Besides outages crashes, and related traffic, the storm also caused Long Island Rail Road delays, although service was mostly back to normal in time for Friday morning commuters. The wind also wreaked havoc on LI, downing trees and toppling the First Baptist Church steeple in Greenport.

After the storm passed, temps this weekend were forecast to be in the high 40s, with sunny skies on Saturday and mostly cloudy on Sunday before another slight chance of rain overnight into Monday.

Below are the snowfall totals for LI:

Nassau County
Manhasset: 6.5 
North Massapequa: 5.6 
Syosset: 5.5 
Plainview: 5.0 
East Williston: 5.0 
Bethpage: 5.0 
Manorhaven: 4.9 
Albertson: 4.5 
New Hyde Park: 4.5 
Wantagh: 4.5 
Massapequa: 4.0 

Suffolk County
North Babylon: 5.3 
Commack: 5.0 
Medford: 5.0 r
Sayville: 4.9 
Yaphank: 4.8 
Upton: 4.6 
Islip Airport: 4.3 
Smithtown: 4.1 
Port Jefferson: 4.0 
West Islip: 4.0 
Dix Hills: 4.0 
Farmingville: 3.8 
Ridge: 3.6 
Bay Shore: 3.6 
Orient 3.5: 900 
Miller Place: 3.3
Mount Sinai: 3.2 
Lindenhurst: 3.1 

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