A winter storm warning remains in effect until 3 p.m. today, with moderate to heavy snow accumulating between 5 and 10 inches on the East End, according to the latest update from the National Weather Service in Upton.
The storm, which is blanketing the region with heavy, wet snow, has left thousands without power across Long Island, according to PSEG-Long Island. The weight of the snow is brining down branches and power lines.
Some large branches have come down on local roads, Southold Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando said. They were big enough to require machinery to move them, he said. But so far, no major outages have been reported on the North Fork.
Southold Supervisor Scott Russell ordered Town Hall and all town offices closed today. He made the call just before 7 a.m. in light of the warning posted by the weather service and increased snow total forecasts.
Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard asked all residents to remove their parked vehicles from the streets to allow highway crews to work safely and efficiently.
Local officials are advising residents to avoid all but absolutely essential travel.
“The roads are very slushy,” Orlando said. Town highway crews began salting and sanding roadways at 6 a.m. and dropped the plows at 9. “It’s a very heavy snow. I’m glad we’re not getting 12 or more inches of it,” he said.