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Near Blizzard Conditions, Higher Totals Expected As Snow Blankets Region

A heavy band of snow during the morning commute made travel dangerous, experts said.

Near blizzard conditions made Thursday's morning commute treacherous, with snowfall accumulations higher than expected in some areas of the region.

According to Joe Pollina, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Upton, the heavy band of snow expected for the early morning commute hours arrived as expected — but brought a blast of near-blizzard conditions across Long Island and New York City.

Snow accumulations are expected to reach eight to 10 inches across the entire region, with higher totals possible in some areas.

The changeover to sleet and a rain/snow mix that was forecast is still expected to happen Thursday morning across all of Long Island and parts of New York City.

When all is said and done, the East End could see four to six inches of snow on the South Fork, with six to eight inches on the North Fork, and a bit less in Montauk, Pollina said. 

The rain/snow mix is expected to turn over to all snow again Thursday night, and clear out of the area entirely by Friday morning.

Temperatures are expected to reach highs of 33 to 34 degrees in Nassau County, up to 38 degrees in Montauk, and between 34 and 38 degrees for most of Suffolk County, Pollina said. New York City is expected to reach a high of 33 degrees.

Check back to Patch for updates as snow totals begin to come in.

BP mom February 13, 2014 at 10:34 PM
A agree with you Lala! I also kept my kids home and all the moms I talked to did. He showed little concern for anyone's safety today, very bad decision. For a super who's only been here a year, he's not making responsible, educated decisions if you ask me!
Christopher Wendt February 14, 2014 at 07:07 AM
@BP mom re: "For a super who's only been here a year, he's not making responsible, educated decisions if you ask me!" I assure you the Super's decisions are both reasonable and educated; they just don't agree with the Group Think of you and the other moms you talked to. You termed his decision yesterday a "very bad decision"; what were the actual results that proved "very bad"? There were none. ....................................................................................................... The Superintendent, in consultation with the Board of Education makes decisions about opening, closing, or delaying school in the face of inclement weather. They are authorized to do that. You, as a parent, make decisions about your own children. In my opinion, which does not count in this at all, is that your decision to keep your kids home was probably the worse of the two decisions made in reaction to yesterday's storm. But those are your kids and you are their mom. They missed a day of school but they stayed home safe and warm. I am sure you know that life is not all safe, and toasty warm; your kids will eventually learn that as well, just not yet.
BP mom February 16, 2014 at 09:37 PM
I wish I was such an analytical genius as you Christopher, thank you for dissecting my comments so we can all have a clear picture. You can add some facts: at the time we were expected to drive our kids to school, because our district does NOT provide buses, snow was falling at a rate of 1" per 20 minutes with golf ball sized snowflakes, to quote the newsman on channel 12, and we could barely see across the street. Plus our street was nowhere to be found under the 8-10" of snow because the plows couldn't keep up. Doesn't sound very responsible and educated to me to expected children and staff to come out in that and our governor agrees as he declared a state of emergency. But again thank you for helping clarify my comment with your expertise as I'm sure you not only live and was present in blue point during the storm but you are a meteorologist also!
Christopher Wendt February 17, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Yours was a personal decision for the safety of your own children. Many people across the state were confronted with that decision this month. Some, like yourself, opted to keep their kids home. Others sent or brought their kids to school, some came later, etc. Those districts that opted not to close were roundly criticized by those parents who kept their kids home, which is understandable. Many parents who took their kids to school also criticized the decision makers. Such is the nature of these things. As Governor Cuomo said to Mayor De Blasio who was being blasted for keeping The City schools open, "That's life. Welcome the The Job!"

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