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Weather

SNOWSTORM BEGINS.Snow started falling in parts of Long Island Tuesday morning, about three hours ahead of schedule. The storm is expected to drop as much as 14 inches on the area. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning effective until 6 a.m. Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall will occur Tuesday night. 

"Near blizzard-like conditions" could reduce visibilities to a quarter mile or less this afternoon and tonight.

It's currently 23 degrees in Valley Stream, but temperatures are expected to drop to a low of 12 degrees tonight with a windchill of two degrees below zero.

Traffic and transit

SELDEN. Accident on westbound Jericho Turnpike at Boyle Road.

MEDFORD.  Crash on Horseblock Road at Highway 112.

NORTH BABYLON. Accident on southbound Deer Park Avenue at Southern State Parkway.

LIRR. The Long Island Rail Road is running on or close to schedule Tuesday morning, but is urging customers to allow extra travel time and use caution on stairs and platforms in light of today's storm.


HEMPSTEAD PROGRAMS CANCELLED: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray declared a snow emergency this morning and cancelled all scheduled town parks department and senior enrichment programs for Tuesday.

WARMBED ACTIVATED. With snow and frigid temperature approaching, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano activated the county's Emergency Shelter Relief Program for homeless individuals and families, WARMBED. Those who are homeless and in need of shelter placement, should call 1-866-WARMBED (1-866-927-6233)  between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.





SNOW-RELATED CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS


Is your school district planning an early dismissal today or a "snow day" tomorrow? Find out here: Long Island school closings




Top stories


A look at the latest headlines.

POLICE FORCE LACKING MINORITIES. The cover stories of today's Newsday include the impending snowstorm and a look at the percentage of minorities hired by the Nassau and Suffolk police departments.


by tara.conry

SOUTHAMPTON TIGHTENS PERMIT POLICY. The top story for today's "Our Towns" section explores an effort by Southampton officials to tighten rules for issuing special-event permits to keep event organizers and residents from taking advantage of the policy.


by tara.conry

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY, ASSAULT CHARGESA Uniondale man faces charges of attempted robbery and assault after striking another man in the face with a handgun, Nassau County police said Tuesday.

NECKLACE STOLENA 36-year-old Flanders woman is under arrest, charged with stealing a $1,200 diamond and gold necklace from an acquaintance earlier this month, Southold Town police said.

On the agenda

A rundown of local meetings taking place Tuesday. Check back to find out if these meetings will be cancelled due to inclement weather.

WILLISTON PARKTRUSTEES MEET. The Williston Park board of trustees is scheduled to meet at 8 Tuesday night at Village Hall, 494 Willis Ave. Check Newsday reporter Scott Eidler's Twitter updates: @EidzTowns

BABYLONBOARD MEETS. The Babylon Town Board will meet Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst.

OYSTER BAYFAST-FOOD HEARING. The town board meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, Audrey Avenue. The board will hold a hearing on a proposed fast-fast food restaurant with a drive-through on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa.

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