After the New Year’s confetti was cleared away, a snowstorm could dump 8 inches or more of accumulation on the Tri-State Area Thursday into Friday.
The storm hit at rush hour Feb. 8 and dumped 30 inches of snow on some parts of eastern Long Island.
Coastal communities across the Tri-State area could experience minor to moderate flooding during times of high tide through Thursday morning.
Special equipment is needed to clear heavy snow piled up to three feet in spots. But Newsday reports that a 1936 state statute limits how much towns can spend on heavy machinery.
The Town of Brookhaven has been heavily criticized for taking days to plow many streets, and now a couple said after the plows finally came, the drivers caused a flood.
The Department of Sanitation is loading 365 salt spreaders, attaching plows to trucks and preparing all other necessary equipment ahead of the snow.
Town Supervisor Edward Romaine placed blame on the highway department for roads being left unplowed for days. Although the department is an independent entity that the town does not have authority over, he said it “concerns me that they failed.”
In Smithtown, 70 employees used two dozen vehicles to plow snow-covered streets overnight before loading the snow onto trucks and hauling it away.
More blacktop is visible on the streets and snow blowers and shovels have gone to work on the sidewalks.
With service now running on all Metro-North Railroad lines, including the Waterbury Branch of the New Haven Line, ridership has rebounded from Monday.
AccuWeather said that sunshine will be followed by clouds with a mix of rain and wet snow by the end of the day on Wednesday.
Residential roads in portions of Brookhaven, Huntington, Smithtown, Islip and Ronkonkoma still remain covered in snow and ice after Friday’s storm dumped up to 30 inches of snow on Suffolk County.
Streets remain blocked. Some residents remain snow-bound. Even main drags are choked with ice and snowpack. Some suggested Tuesday they’d be better off anywhere else.
A Connecticut commuters’ group wants Metro-North Railroad to make good on prepaid fares they couldn’t use due to service cancellations, following numerous storms that knocked out rail service to and from New York City.
The students are earning $8.25 an hour for their work shoveling out the schools.