Winter Storm Dumps More Than 7 Inches of Snow on East Meadow

Average snow tally estimated at 7.5 inches as of 10 a.m. Friday, according to weather reports.

Winter Storm Hercules, which is slowly winding down - for now at least - has dumped more than 7 inches of snow on East Meadow since the white stuff began falling Thursday evening.

According to the Weather Channel, an estimated 7.5 inches have fallen over the past 24 hours and East Meadow could see between 1-2 inches more Friday.

According to Mike Silva, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Upton, the storm held no surprises.

"This pretty much panned out exactly as we expected," he said. "We expected six to 10 inches of snow, with maybe a little bit higher out east. Some places managed to touch a foot."

Winds, however, weren't quite as fierce as initially predicted, but were starting to pick up Friday morning, with "very dangerous" temperatures across Long Island. With the wind chill factor, some areas felt as though it were minus 11 degrees, with a range of minus three to minus eight.

Temperatures are not expected to rise higher than the upper teens for most of Long Island Friday. It's currently 12 degrees in East Meadow but actually feels like six below zero.

Two last bands of snow are slated to continue moving across Long Island Friday morning, one in Suffolk County and one over northern Nassau; another inch or two of snow will fall by 1 p.m., when the white stuff should disappear from the area completely.

Here are the latest snowfall accumulations, according to the NWS:

Nassau County

Hicksville: 8.9 inches

North Merrick: 8.5 inches

Bellmore: 5.5 inches

Massapequa: 10.1 inches

North Massapequa: 7.5 inches

Levittown: 6.2 inches

We hope you'll share your photos of the storm, the roads, picturesque landscapes and snow angels with Patch. Email them to carisa@patch.com. Sign up for Patch updates here.


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