Dix Hills, NY- Long Islanders woke up Friday morning to the first real snow storm of 2022. The National Weather Service in New York had issued a Winter Storm Warning for Suffolk County and a Winter Weather Advisory for Nassau County ahead of the snow’s arrival, calling for three to six inches of snow, along with gusting winds and snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone gave an update Friday morning on the counties the storm response, saying that the roads were icy and he encouraged everyone to stay home if possible. Bellone also shared that the county had opened the Emergency Operations Center in Yaphank overnight and that the Department of Public Works had over 160 plows on the roads. Plows, Bellone said, were at full capacity and had not been impacted by COVID-19. Bellone warned that future storms and longer term events could see problems with staffing due to COVID and they would be working to address that.
The National Weather Service reports 8.3 inches of snow fell in Syosset, 7 inches in Shirley and 8.4 at La Guardia Airport.
- New York State Police Troop L reported 21 incidents and crashes between the hours of 5am and 8am.
- Suffolk County Police reported 72 motor vehicle crashes between the hours of 2am and 9am.
- Nassau County Police have responded to 33 motor vehicle crashes from the start of the storm through 10am.
An update from the Town of Riverhead can be found, here.
An update from the Town of Huntington can be found, here.
The New York Cancer and Blood Specialist WALK STORM Center can be accessed, here.
Snow storm totals compiled by the National Weather Service can be found, here.
Photo: A man takes a photo of a snowman in New York’s Times Square, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. A winter storm that has already left areas of the south with more than 6 inches of snow moved into the northeast during the morning commute and prompted many school districts to close for the day. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)