Tuesday’s Winter Storm Continues to Dump Snow on South Fork

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A winter storm on Tuesday blanketed the South Fork with snow. Christine Sampson photo

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman declared a state of emergency effective at 1 p.m. in recognition of “the continuing storm’s accumulating heavy wet snow,” which is “creating hazardous driving conditions and significant challenges in clearing all town roads,” according to a news release.

Drivers are asked to limit driving and residents are asked to remove parked cars from roadways so plows can come through more efficiently and effectively, the town said in the release.

According to PSEG Long Island’s service outage map, scattered power outages across the Sag Harbor, North Haven and Bridgehampton areas have left at least 120 households without electricity as of 2:30 p.m.

The Sag Harbor Village Board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday evening has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. in the municipal building meeting room.

ORIGINAL STORY, 10:10 a.m.:

A winter storm warning for southeastern Long Island remains in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the National Weather Service reporting “localized amounts” of snow of up to 14 inches for parts of Long Island and wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph causing significantly reduced visibility on the roads.

Those conditions have played havoc with regular travel, school days and government functions.

School districts in Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton and others, along with private schools like Ross School and Hayground School, announced closures for Tuesday. Sag Harbor Village offices are closed and its village board meeting canceled for Tuesday night. East Hampton Town office are also closed and its regularly scheduled meetings are also canceled. In Southampton Town, offices and waste transfer stations are closed.

The NWS has also issued a coastal flood advisory in effect until noon on Tuesday. “Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline,” the NWS said. “Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront may experience shallow flooding.”

The storm affected traffic in East Hampton. According to the East Hampton Town Police Department, a downed utility pole has shut down Town Line Road in Wainscott from Wainscott Hollow to Wainscott Main Street. According to PSEG Long Island’s map of power outages, only a handful of outages affected customers in Sagaponack, Wainscott and East Hampton south of the highway as of 9:15 a.m.

However, Sag Harbor Police Chief Austin J. McGuire said “all [is] good in the village.”

In the village, Mayor Sandra Schroeder declared a snow emergency effective 9 a.m., which means parking is prohibited on village streets.

Dee Yardley, the village’s superintendent of public works, said the entirety of Sag Harbor’s 26 miles of roads were plowed in two hours earlier this morning, and the crew will be going out again in a little while for another pass. He did not have the roads pre-treated for ice buildup because rain was predicted before the snow, and it would have washed away anything put down on the roads.

“It’s basically a slushy mess due to temperatures that just aren’t high enough,” Mr. Yardley said. “We do have a sand-salt mix in the trucks if needed. But it’s just basically plow it off right now. That’s all you can do. We’ll go out again so that water can get down to the gutters and drain.”

Overall, he observed that “it doesn’t look to be as bad as they said it was going to be. It will be more of a liquid, rainy mess when it stops.”

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