Glen Cove recovers from four'easter


Updated 10:45 a.m. March 22: In the wake of the fourth nor'easter in a month, Glen Cove is yet again digging itself out.

The storm had deposited about 5.5 inches of snow by 7 p.m. on March 21, and a total of almost a foot by midnight, according to the National Weather Service. By morning, according to city spokeswoman Lisa Travatello, there were reports of almost 18 inches of snow.

Travatello later provided this statement:

According to Manny Grella, our DPW General Foreman, we had 31 DPW team members working to help with yesterday’s storm preparations and response. Nor’easter #4 was a challenging one due to its pacing, snow bands and heavy wet snow. Our crews worked throughout the night and had to make at least three passes on every road in Glen Cove. Our snow estimates were between 12 and 14 inches and thankfully we had no fallen trees nor powerlines down as the winds were mild compared to our other storms. Mayor Tenke extended his gratitude to the DPW team, the Glen Cove Police Department and the Auxiliary Police for all of their hard work throughout the snow storm.

Glen Cove residents on Facebook this morning celebrated the work of the DPW. Gaitley Stevenson-Matthews wrote, "Roads look great to me. Cleared and cleared early!"

Classes were canceled on March 21, and there was a 2-hour delayed opening the following day.

Alex Kern, a local business owner, makes a point of running errands for people who can't leave their houses during snowstorms. For one of the other nor'easters this year, he drove an elderly woman to the hospital.

This storm, Kern said, he only got one call for a ride home from the train station. Other than that, it was a quiet blizzard.

County Wide Storm Response

The National Weather Service was predicting five to nine inches of snow overnight, and the storm brought that and more. A weather observer in North Merrick reported 11.6 inches of snow early Thursday morning. As of 6:30 a.m., it was still snowing across Nassau, though the storm was expected to taper off around 10 or 11 a.m.

Many school districts were on a two-hour delayed start. Others, like Bellmore-Merrick, East Meadow, Elmont and Wantagh, closed for the day. Still others were to open at normal time. A number of districts had begun the day with a delayed start only to cancel classes early in the morning. Check your local listings.

There were roughly 3,000 outages out of a million homes and businesses as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, according to PSEG-LI. "While we haven't experienced significant damage related to today's storm, our personnel stand ready to respond to any power outages should they occur," said John O'Connell, the utility's vice president of transmission and distribution. "We're proud of the fact that our hardworking crews were able to restore electricity safely and quickly to customers who lost power from the nor'easters earlier this month."

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG-LI at (800) 490-0075

Check for updates using the utility's outage map at

Do not run any gasoline-powered engines, including generators, in a garage or any other enclosed space, the utility warns, and do not use your oven to heat your home.

This latest storm did cause more havoc for Nassau County high school athletics, which have been greatly impacted by the weather since spring practices began March 7. Today's schedule, which called for 20 non-league games across three sports (softball, girls' lacrosse and boys' lacrosse) were canceled in full. Thursday's schedule, which includes a handful of girls' lacrosse league openers, is also in jeopardy.

Tony Bellissimo contributed to this story.