NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Snow made for a slippery Tuesday morning commute for many across the Tri-State Area, including on Long Island where some communities saw more than six inches of accumulation.
A winter weather advisory was in effect for Long Island and parts of Connecticut through 10 a.m. By noon, some of the highest snow totals were recorded in East Quogue, New York with 8.7 inches and Eastport, New York with 8.0.
Long Island residents told CBS2’s Magdalena Doris they weren’t expecting to see the snow outside their windows Tuesday morning.
“I was very surprised this morning when I woke up,” Liz Donahue, of Bethpage, said.
The sudden snowstorm also forced school districts across Long Island to delay openings.
For the Caldwell family in South Huntington, that meant more time playing outdoors with their dogs Max and Cooper but fewer days off later in the school year.
“Cuts off on some of our breaks,” said eighth grader Mackenzie Caldwell.
“I think we’re losing two or three,” Ryan Caldwell added.
Landscaper Rich Lambert said he welcomed the extra work, especially since it wasn’t heavy lifting.
“The last snowstorm we had, I was out for 11, 12 hours. This one probably couple hours just to clean things up a little bit,” he said.
This season, we’ve already seen above-average snowfall totals.
“I’m definitely sick of the snow. It’s time to have the nice, warmer weather,” Donahue said.
Not so fast.
“February and March – there’s still more to come!” a man added.
Suffolk County police said 147 weather-related crashes were reported across the county between midnight and 10:30 a.m.
New York City and the surrounding suburbs were expected to see anywhere from a coating to an inch or two. In New Jersey, an inch or two of snow were possible. A coastal flood advisory was also in effect along the Jersey shore until noon.