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East End Blizzard of ’09: Drivers Advised to Stay Off Roads

Posted on 19 December 2009

Heller_Main St blizzard watch

Following a day of light snow fall, Southampton Town Police has now issued a blizzard warning. Police say the East End could accumulate between 12 to 24 inches by Sunday. Recent snow fall has made it nearly impossible for the snow plows to keep the roads clear, add police. And gusty winds have created snow drifts, which is obstructing traffic. The police say they have responded to numerous reports of vehicles veering off the road and are now advising all drivers not to travel.
Overnight Saturday (12/19)  the snow and wind is expected to intensify. Snow could be heavy at times and a north wind could blow between 25 and 30 mph, with some gusts as high as 40 mph.
Snow is expected to continue on into Sunday (12/20) with more wind gusts causing blowing and drifting snow. Another 1 to 3 inches of snow could accumulate on Sunday before the storm blows out of the area.

The Southampton Town Emergency Operations Center is in operation beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. If any Southampton Town resident experiences a storm-related emergency they are asked to contact the center at 631-728-3030. Motorists are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary, and residents are asked to remove vehicles from roadways to facilitate plowing.

According to the National Weather Service, the source of the storm is a low pressure system that began over the northern Gulf Coast and tracked to near Cape Hatteras on Saturday morning. The system is deepening as it tracks to the northeast on into Saturday night.

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