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Nassau, Suffolk brace for impacts of major snowstorm

Both county officials are asking people to work from home or to leave early so roads can be cleared by crews.

News 12 Staff

Dec 15, 2020, 10:43 PM

Updated 1,283 days ago


Both Nassau and Suffolk counties announced their plans ahead of the snowstorm set to impact the area Wednesday into Thursday.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone spoke from the county DPW yard in Commack Tuesday morning.
Bellone is warning strong winds could cause power outages. He says the county is working closely with PSEG Long Island to prepare.
Meanwhile, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says parts of their area are expected to see up to 14 inches of snow.
The county executive says they will have about 87 plow trucks out clearing county roads throughout the storm.
The Office of Emergency Management will be activated Wednesday at 7 a.m. and will remain open until the storm is complete. She also says warming centers will be open for anyone who needs a warm place to stay.
The worst of the storm is predicted to be 9 p.m. Wednesday to 9 a.m. Thursday with it tapering off by lunchtime Thursday.
Northwestern Nassau is expected to see the worst of the storm, while the East End is expecting less accumulation but still enough to cause concerns.
Both counties are asking people to work from home or to leave early so roads can be cleared by crews.
PSEG says it's ready, adding, "We are bringing in mutual aid crews and our workforce is performing system checks and logistics checks to ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies."
And even though LIRR ridership is way down because of the pandemic, MTA officials say they are taking this storm very seriously. Officials say they've activated their 24/7 command center and have 1 million pounds of deicing material on hand.
Enhanced weekend service schedules will be enacted on Thursday with a change for further modifications.
Nassau County's NICE bus service is expecting service delays as well.
Officials are reminding restaurant owners to keep a close eye on outdoor dining structures that could strain under the weight of the snow.

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