Nor'easter disrupts travelers, commuters

Posted: Updated:
A car ended up on the shoulder of the Northern State Parkway and backed up traffic for miles. (Jamie Stuart) A car ended up on the shoulder of the Northern State Parkway and backed up traffic for miles. (Jamie Stuart)
HICKSVILLE -

A nor'easter snarled traffic for some evening commuters and disrupted the Long Island Rail Road Friday.

The evening commute saw LIRR suspensions on the West Hempstead, Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay and Ronkonkoma branches due to fallen utility poles. Signal problems prompted officials to suspend the Port Washington branch between Great Neck and Port Washington. Riders were advised to delay their travel and follow the LIRR on Twitter for updates -- but many hired cabs to get home.

Delays had been reported on some lines earlier during the day due to debris on the tracks. Several lines were temporarily suspended in the afternoon due to weather-related signal issues. 

Arielle Mancebo was among the Long Islanders taking the train amid the messy conditions. She called her commute "tricky" but said her return home was better than the ride to work in the morning.

Drivers said the combination of snow and ice made for a lot of headaches. Jericho resident Diana Morello described her ride as awful. Kevin Maddox of Huntington said he saw a number of accidents -- and a few cars hydroplaning.

There were a number of apparently weather-related road hazards. A car ended up on the shoulder of the Northern State Parkway and backed up traffic for miles. A downed tree blocked a lane on the Meadowbrook Parkway just north of Babylon Turnpike.

The rain, sleet and snow also caused coastal flooding, which forecasters say may remain a problem throughout the weekend.

  • SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • What's Cooking Photos

    What's Cooking Photos

    Chef Rob, of Uncle Giuseppe's, adds a little clarified butter, fresh herbs, some olive oil and, of course, salt and pepper, to season the steak. Add some roasted potatoes and sauteed broccoli rabe and some white wine to complete your perfect summer meal.Chef Rob, of Uncle Giuseppe's, adds a little clarified butter, fresh herbs, some olive oil and, of course, salt and pepper, to season the steak. Add some roasted potatoes and sauteed broccoli rabe and some white wine to complete your perfect summer meal.
    Chef Rob, of Uncle Giuseppe's, adds a little clarified butter, fresh herbs, some olive oil and, of course, salt and pepper, to season the steak. Add some roasted potatoes and sauteed broccoli rabe and some white wine to complete your perfect summer meal.Chef Rob, of Uncle Giuseppe's, adds a little clarified butter, fresh herbs, some olive oil and, of course, salt and pepper, to season the steak. Add some roasted potatoes and sauteed broccoli rabe and some white wine to complete your perfect summer meal.

    Each week, News 12's Lily Stolzberg heads into the kitchen with a different chef to cook up some delicious meals.

    Each week, News 12's Lily Stolzberg heads into the kitchen with a different chef to cook up some delicious meals.

  • Dog Day Fridays for July 20

    Dog Day Fridays for July 20

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:45 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:45:59 GMT
    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue.This week's dogs are up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter is located in Island Park. Their phone number is (516) 960-6388.

    This week's dogs are up for adoption at Ruff House Rescue. The shelter is located in Island Park. Their phone number is (516) 960-6388.

  • Guide: Where to find food trucks on Long Island

    Guide: Where to find food trucks on Long Island

    Rolling Smoke can be found across Long Island.Rolling Smoke can be found across Long Island.
    Rolling Smoke can be found across Long Island.Rolling Smoke can be found across Long Island.

    Craving something savory or sweet? It doesn't really matter when it comes to food trucks, where you can have it all -- you just have to know where to find them! Here is a list of food trucks and where you could find them on Long Island. 

    Craving something savory or sweet? It doesn't really matter when it comes to food trucks, where you can have it all -- you just have to know where to find them! Here is a list of food trucks and where you could find them on Long Island. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."