BLIZZARD UPDATE: Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone has declared a State of Emergency for Suffolk County.
Suffolk County is now forecast to receive up to 16 inches of snow, and 20 to 30 mph winds gusting up to 50 mph causing whiteout conditions according to the National Weather Service. Snow will rapidly accumulate at a rate of up to 3 inches per hour over the next several hours and there is a possibility for thunder in some areas of Suffolk County.
The Suffolk County Police Department responded to 43 motor vehicle crashes between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Police Commissioner Timothy D. Sini is urging residents to not drive today: “Our roads are extremely hazardous right now and only going to get worse as the storm progresses. The Suffolk County Police Department urges residents to stay off the roads as much as possible for the duration of the blizzard. If you absolutely must travel today, do so with extreme caution and leave ample time to get to your destination. Get to where you are going and be prepared to stay put for the remainder of the storm.”
Blizzard conditions are expected to remain in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. The SCPD will be posting updates here on Facebook throughout the storm. In case of an emergency, dial 911 immediately. Call 631-852-COPS for non-emergency police response.