Long Beach declares snow emergency

Fourth winter storm this month causes schools to close

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For the fourth time this month, yet another powerful winter storm battered the South Shore and forced Long Beach to declare a snow emergency.

The order was set to take effect at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and officials said that the move would “allow for proper snow removal operations throughout the evening — this means cars should not be parked on snow emergency routes,” the city said on its website.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning with about 6 to 12 inches of predicted snowfall. The Long Beach School District announced on Tuesday that the schools would be closed on Wednesday.

“Snowfall is expected to pick up during rush hour so we recommend returning home early if possible and to remain off roads later in the evening,” city officials said.

The storm started as a mix of snow and sleet and became all snow as temperatures dropped during the day. By 1 p.m., the temperature was predicted to fall to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, with wind chill values between 15 and 20 degrees. Gusts up to 35 mph were possible.

For updates, a list of the city’s snow emergency routes and more information regarding the city’s snow emergency procedures, city officials urge residents to visit longbeachny.gov/LBREADY. Additionally, in case of an emergency, dial 911 or reach the Long Beach Police Department’s non-emergency line at (516) 431-1800. Residents who lose power are urged to contact PSEG at 1-800-490-0025.