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Snowstorm hits Long Island

A late-winter snowstorm hit Long Island Tuesday, bringing several inches of snow before daybreak. Blizzard and winter storm warnings were canceled as the storm tracked to the northwest, ushering in milder air, forecasters said.

    At 7 a.m. it was raining in Blue Point. There was a couple of inches of snow on the ground, but trucks have plowed even some secondary roads, and they are passable.

    — Bart Jones

    Trucks began salting streets in Glen Cove at 2:30 a.m., with plowing starting at 5 a.m., said Glen Cove Department of Public Works general foreman Manny Grella. Traffic is much lighter than usual, he said.

    “Our main roads right now are wide open and passable,” he said.

    As of 7:30 a.m., 4 to 5 inches of snow had fallen on the city, and the snow had changed to freezing rain, Grella said.

    “It crusts up the snow on top, but we’re able to break through it,” he said.

    Grella said crews face a long day ahead as snow piles up and streets turn icy.

    “We’ll be out here all day and probably most of the evening as well to make sure everything is tidied up and ready for tomorrow morning,” he said.

    -David Olson

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on CNN Tuesday morning that it appeared that many motorists did not venture out in the storm.

    “Because of the light traffic, the light volume we’ve been able to stay ahead of it,” Cuomo said on CNN. “It is best to stay home.”

    “When you’re on the road, you’re going to get stuck out there. That’s going to impede the first responders. So unless it’s a real emergency, you shouldn’t be there.”

    On Twitter, the governor said the state will announce a tractor trailer ban at 9 a.m.

    -Rachelle Blidner


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