Blizzard warning issued, up to 12 inches of snow expected

Blizzard conditions are expected from 1 am Thursday, January 4 through 1 am Friday, January 5 in Suffolk County. Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during the morning and evening commutes on Thursday. Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Unsecured Christmas decorations may be blown away or damaged. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts are expected.

Winds gusting as high as 55 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely with drifts of 18 to 24 inches possible especially in exposed areas.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

Helpful tips

  • Before the winter storm approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
    • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
    • Sand to improve traction.
    • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
    • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
    • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

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