After dumping nine inches of snow just days into the new year, Mother Nature struck again, blasting Elmont, Franklin Square and the rest of Long Island with nearly a foot of snow just in time for Wednesday morning's commute. The year's second snowstorm, which has brought more snow to the area than its predecessor, made Tuesday evening and night commutes treacherous. Some drivers reported being stuck on the Northern State Parkway, Long Island Expressway and Southern State Parkway for up to four hours during Tuesday night's rush hour.
The pavement of the Southern State Parkway Wednesday morning is clearly visible, indicating that it had been plowed overnight. Traffic is moving slowly and steadily, and drivers making their morning commutes to work are advised to leave their homes at least a half-hour to one hour earlier than usual. Many local residential streets are also looking much better off than they did immediately following the first snowstorm of the year.
After canceling all after-school activities Tuesday, Elmont, Franklin Square and Sewanhaka School Districts announced that they will be closed Wednesday and will re-open Thursday.
District 3 Legislator Carrie Solages, of Elmont, told the Herald that residents should call 1-888-684-4274 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies. He advised that residents should shovel around hydrants in case of emergency and said that people should try to avoid traveling during peak rush hour times on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. He also asked residents to held the elderly with shoveling.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced on Tuesday that 19 warming centers will be open throughout the county for residential use. One of them is in Franklin Square, at Wesley United Methodist Church, located at 619 Fenworth Boulevard. The phone number of that warming center is 516-481-3322.
Temperatures were expected to remain below freezing for the rest of the week.