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.

Christopher Wendt February 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Not really. I find the inappropriate use, by Patch editors, of terms such "Near Blizzard Conditions" detracting from the credibility of their reporting. This is possibly caused by the lack or abandonment of hyper-local reporting in favor of regional reporting. My train from Wantagh to Penn Station was right on time this morning, and I arrived at work a few minutes early (by subway). The snow is starting to change to rain in The City, and we should hit 37 degrees by 2PM, allowing for a NEAR NORMAL commute home. NO BIG DEAL!
R. Smith February 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Commute? What commute? Anyone with any sense will not go out today unless absolutely necessary! Not worth the risk.
MK Smith February 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
@Christopher Wendt-- That was a stupid and unnecessary criticism. You went from the south shore to the city before the heavy snow began. In Huntington it's almost noon and it's still snowing. Enjoy your commute home.
Christopher Wendt February 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM
My two fellow contributors (immediately above) have confirmed the real problem. I am in Wantagh they are, respectively, in Huntington and on the North Fork. Three completely different environments. Patch should either get back to hyper-local reporting, or, stop using hyperbole in their headlines which is inapplicable to large areas of this reporting region.
Smuts February 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Agreed, Wantagh is the armpit of Long Island and no one really cares as to what happens out there .
Irene February 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM
oyster bay here and i have about ten to 12 inches now with drifts up to two feet. plows just coming through now. if you don't have to go out, please don't. this morning was white out conditions. sleet is falling now!!!
Jaime February 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I must endorse Mr. Wendt's suggestion. Here in Douglaston, Queens, so far, 12 inches of snow fell on the ground, the streets are plowed, my newspaper was delivered on time, but I am yet to see any "near blizzard conditions". I am (was?) subscribed to the Bayside/Douglaston Patch and it does not serve me at all to know what the conditions are in Huntington, Wantagh or Riverside. I am used to the Patch's exaggerated approach to the news and I'd expect they stick to their philosophy of reporting "hyper-locally".
Lala February 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Bayport-blue point only school district on Long Island that didn't close today!! Ridiculous! I kept my kids home today and I heard that most people did the same. Why put the teachers and staff in danger! This superintendent has no clue what he is doing!!!
Constance Roland February 13, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Chris.. Agree with your critique of hyperlocal news.. Update to conditions in Wantagh: by 7:50am heavy snow was falling with 2-3 inches an hour.. Now at 1:20pm, heavy snow accumulations now turning with snow/rain mix. We saw plows on local side streets, but at least 5-8 inches are still getting mixed in street.. Easily turning to heavy ice condition if freezing over again. I hope you get home safely.
Tina February 13, 2014 at 01:31 PM
can anyone tell me the snow total in Merrick so far? Wondering if I will spend a long time digging my car out at the train station after my commute home.
elizabeth baptiste February 13, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Any one know the snow fall total in East Meadow?And is it still coming down?
Phil Konigsberg February 13, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Patch seems to be in a big state of turmoil then they normally have been in the past. I was explained that they are going through some changes including personnel changes. I am patiently waiting for them to get their act together (updating their daily newsletter on a daily basis, establish a regular editor for the local edition and correct the screen errors to name a few). There is potential in this format of local news if they stick to it. Hang in there everyone for a little while longer.
Christopher Wendt February 13, 2014 at 02:17 PM
I think everyone contributing comments, blogs, and other posts, here, wants Patch to succeed. I certainly do. I know Patch laid off some very good talent. I also know many of those remaining are talented and dedicated to the success of Patch. But the reality appears to be that the existing staff are spread far too thinly across Long Island, and quality and reader (viewer) satisfaction and patience is waning. That is a shame, because the end result is a spiral, with fewer people coming to Patch to read the news and participate in the dialogue, followed by fewer advertising dollars coming in, followed by another reduction in staff, or the ultimate closing of the entire apparatus. How can we contributors, help, Patch?
Constance Roland February 13, 2014 at 03:12 PM
If readers are content contributors, then the Editors become true editors.. But the journalistic integrity, fact-checking reliability are only as good as the sources/readers/content providers. There is some value in that, if we begin to rely on each other instead of their local editors.. But that's not where this started, which is why the current dearth is disappointing.
Archie Bunker February 13, 2014 at 03:16 PM
6 inches here in Shirley and she's luvin every minute of it!
MK Smith February 13, 2014 at 04:45 PM
@Archie Bunker---LOL!
Six Pack February 13, 2014 at 04:52 PM
14 inches in huntington. Love it!
ed February 13, 2014 at 04:55 PM
patch is so much better than NewRag or News 12. I would never give money to the Dolans!
Bill Riley February 13, 2014 at 07:12 PM
@ArchieBunker Thank you for your report. When spring comes in July lets have a beer in Mastic/Shirley and blast Liberals!
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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