Young Grace Gomolka tries her hand out at helping dad shovel their sidewalk following the blizzard on Wednesday.
By Kathryn G. Menu; Michael Heller photo
Residents on the South Fork were greeted with close to a foot of snow Wednesday morning, following a blizzard that began Tuesday, bringing freezing temperatures and just over 10 inches of snow to Sag Harbor, according to the National Weather Service.
Low visibility and mounting snowfall estimates — some predicting as much as 16 inches of snow by midmorning on Wednesday — led school districts across Long Island to send students home early on Tuesday and cancel classes for Wednesday. Both the Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor School Districts were among those who shuttered their doors.
Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst declared a state of emergency, shutting down town government offices Wednesday. East Hampton Village also declared a state of emergency and was closed Wednesday. While East Hampton Town did not declare a formal state of emergency, its doors were also closed on Wednesday.
In Sag Harbor, village hall remained open for business and Mayor Brian Gilbride did not declare a state of emergency.
“We are urging people to stay off the roads and if you have a walkway with a hydrant near your home, we are asking you shovel around that hydrant,” he said.
Superintendent of Public Works Dee Yardley and his crew pre-treated roadways with a salt brine early Tuesday morning, he said.
“The roads are clear, but they are hard packed with snow,” he said Wednesday. “We have sand going down for traction and it will take a day or two to get the snow up off all the roads but we will start with Main Street early tomorrow morning — around 2 a.m.”