Snowstorm 2015: Updates from around LI


Keep up to date on the latest information, cancellations and delays after blizzard-like conditions dropped up to 2 feet of snow in some places, nearly paralyzing Long Island and hitting parts of New York City with about 10 inches.

Reporters: Alfonso A. Castillo, Will James, Sarah Armaghan, Nicholas Spangler, Emily C. Dooley, Scott Eidler, Jennifer Barrios and Gary Dymski

12:00 PM

Weather hampered the Long Island Rail Road during Wednesday’s morning commute, causing systemwide delays of 10 to 15 minutes in about a three-hour span.

LIRR spokeswoman Meredith Daniels said equipment stored outdoors in yards was affected by snow and ice, leading to 105 peak delays on trains running between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Several more trains were canceled, Daniels said.

The systemwide delays were reported at about 8 a.m. in email alerts and a post on the LIRR website; earlier, the service had said six branches were experiencing delays, many of which were weather related.

In addition, the LIRR said service changes were made on the Ronkonkoma and Montauk branches.

LIRR station waiting rooms will stay open round-the-clock through Friday afternoon, to help riders keep warm during the cold.

Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE, buses were expected to provide near normal service starting Wednesday.

Delays for Suffolk County Transit buses “should be anticipated” Wednesday morning, the agency said on its website. All routes started at their normal times, except the following, which began at 9 a.m.: 90, 92, 8A, 10A/B, 10C and the 10D/E.

NICE advised riders to check its Twitter account and website, for service updates.

Suffolk County Transit buses is running most of its routes on normal hours of operation. However, delays should be expected due to road and weather conditions.

Passengers wait to board a Long Island Rail Road train at the Ronkonkoma station Wednesday morning, Jan. 28, 2015.

12:00 PM

— Nassau County closed its parks, aquatic center and rifle range. Tuesday’s events at Cantiague Park and outdoor rinks were canceled.

— Hempstead canceled its Parks Department programs and registration through Wednesday. The town’s Department of Senior Enrichment canceled its programs through Wednesday. Tuesday’s town board meeting, India Republic Day Ceremony at Town Hall and a Taxpayer Forum at the Baldwin Public Library have been canceled. The next town board meeting is Feb. 10.

— Long Beach closed City Hall to the public for Tuesday. The Magnolia Child Care Center will be closed, and there will be no Recreation or Youth and Family Services programs. Sanitation pickup for Tuesday was canceled. Wednesday’s skate park public engagement session has been postponed.

— North Hempstead’s 311 call center will be open 24 hours. In the event of power outages, the town has three warming centers ready to open at Tully Park Aquatic Activity Center in New Hyde Park, the “Yes We Can” Community Center in Westbury, and the Port Washington Senior Center. Garbage pickup has been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

— Oyster Bay town programs and activities are canceled until further notice.

A woman walks north on Nassau Road in Roosevelt during the snowstorm that hit our area Jan. 27, 2015.

12:00 PM

— East Hampton lifted its travel ban Wednesday morning, the final such restriction caused by a blizzard in Suffolk County that dumped 30 inches of snow in some parts of the East End.

Town officials nevertheless urged residents to avoid travel if possible as “roadway conditions are still treacherous” and crews continued working to clear roads.

The town also warned that parking on roadways is prohibited.

A similar travel ban in Southampton Town was lifted at 6 a.m.

— Amityville’s 30 miles of roads had been plowed at least once by noon on Tuesday, Mayor James Wandell wrote in an email to residents, with multiple passes made on major roads.

Wandell asked residents not to park their vehicles on residential roads and not to dump shoveled snow on the street.

— Suffolk County health centers will remain closed until Wednesday.

— The Suffolk Legislature Three committee meetings will indeed be held Wednesday afternoon and have not been canceled, officials said.

The parks and recreation committee meets at 12:30 p.m.; the economic development committee at 2 p.m.; and the government operations committee at 3 p.m.

— Islip Flights at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma are still suspended until at least Wednesday at 11 a.m., Town of Islip official Anthony Senft said, until the Federal Aviation Administration clears the airport for travel.

No damage was reported on Fire Island after high tide around midnight Monday night following fears of flooding due to wind pattern changes, Senft said. High tide at noon Tuesday is expected to be even lower than last night’s, he said.

The Town continues to advise residents not to park their cars on the streets until at least Friday to allow for optimal snow removal, as more snow is expected to fall at the end of the week. Yesterday, the Town lifted its ban on parking cars on front lawns in order to accommodate those who may not have enough garage or driveway space for all their vehicles.

The town’s senior centers are closed to the public; the centers shall be open to employees to prepare senior meals, which will be delivered Friday. Drivers will not transport seniors Tuesday in order to concentrate on getting meals delivered.

— The New York State Department of Transportation canceled Wednesday’s hearing on safety upgrades to a roadway crossing over Long Island Rail Road tracks in Southampton.

East Hampton School District employees clear snow from the entrance of the East Hampton High School on January 28, 2015.