NORTH BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — With the snow still coming down fast and heavy in parts of Long Island early Saturday, some motorists found themselves stranded all night in their cars with the Long Island Expressway shut down.
The National Weather Service office in New York City confirmed totals of more than 30 inches in spots.
As a result, the LIE will be closed in both directions, from Exit 57 to Exit 73 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, for snow removal, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
Plows could not crack the hardpack of snow and ice that was seemingly fused to the roadway. Authorities plan to send heavy duty construction trucks down the road to break up the hardpack.
“They’re gonna drive these down the road to separate the hardpack from the road pavement,” Suffolk County Police Department spokesman Stuart Cameron told CBS 2’s Dick Brennan.