SUFFOLK COUNTY

Super Bowl storm to strike Suffolk County

Sunday’s storm expected to sprinkle 6-9 inches of snow, officials say

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While clear skies are expected in Tampa, FL., today for Super Bowl LV, Suffolk County will likely see 6-9 inches of snow this Sunday.

County executive Steve Bellone said the storm, which is expected to begin Sunday morning and run until about 6 p.m., is expected to bring wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour.

At a press conference Sunday morning, Bellone urged residents to stay off the roads as snow continues to fall throughout the day.

“This is a day – as this snow storm begins here on Super Bowl Sunday – for people to stay home,” Bellone said. “For anyone who was on the fence about maybe going to a Super Bowl gathering or party in the pandemic, I hope this storm makes it clear … that it’s a good idea to stay home with your family, watch the game, enjoy the game.”

Travel is expected to be difficult as the quick-moving storm coats Long Island with snow. Bellone noted that plow-operators are more capable of clearing roadways if vehicles are removed from the roads. Roads were treated this morning, he said.

Significant flooding issues and power outages are not expected with this storm, Bellone said. Suffolk County Fire Rescue Services and Office of Emergency Management are up and running this Sunday. The emergency department is in contact with state and local officials.

Suffolk County Police chief Stuart Cameron said while the storm appears to be much less severe than last week’s storm, he urged residents to remain cautious.

The police department is in a good position to respond to this storm, Cameron said. Over the last few years, county police transitioned their fleet of vehicles from four-wheel drive vehicles to mostly all-wheel drive, he said.

Additional military surplus vehicles have been acquired, which are particularly good in deep snow, Cameron said.

Brookhaven Town supervisor Ed Romaine reminded residents Sunday to take necessary precautions during the weather event. This included: keeping cars off roadways; avoid driving unless absolutely necessary; clear fire hydrants in the area; remove ice and snow from walkways; keep electronics charged; secure pets; prepare an emergency kit; avoid overexertion when shoveling snow; and check on elderly and sick neighbors.

To report a power outage or downed wires, call PSEG at 800-490-0075 or go to www.psegliny.com to file a report online.

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