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Storm Ready to Wallop Nassau With 12-18 Inches of Snow

Snowfall will likely be heaviest Tuesday night into Wednesday, officials say.

If you brushed off Monday morning's warning of an approaching snowstorm as a bit too early to get those shovels ready, the update isn't pretty: the snow is definitely coming and there will be a lot of it. 

With snow still piled up in areas from the powerful blizzard two weeks ago, Long Island is set to get socked with another white punch as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.  

Weather service officials said Nassau County could get blasted with between 12 and 18 inches of snow, along with winds gusting up to 35 mph. Those snowfall total predictions are on the rise as earlier forecasts called for up to a foot.

"There is going to be some heavy, heavy bands of snow," said Marcie Katcher, a spokeswoman at the weather service's Bohemia office.

Snowfall is expected to be the heaviest late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, Katcher said.

The storm, which approaching the area after dumping snow and ice as far south as Florida, will not come close to rivaling the Dec. 26 blizzard, Katcher said, but she still advised residents to "take all precautions necessary to insure that you are safe during that type of weather."

Nassau County's non-emergency hotline–1-888-684-4274–will be activated at 8 p.m. Tuesday for assistance with any snow-related situation that is not life-threatening or an emergency. 

“The lines of communication in Nassau County are open,” County Executive Ed Mangano said. “We want to ensure every resident is safe, and we are made aware of any situation that could create danger in the community.”

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said that the municipality is ready to deal with the storm.

“At the first sign of snow, over 225 pieces of equipment will begin spreading salt on roadways and preparing to plow the 1,200 miles of town streets in the heart of Long Island,” she said in a statement Monday.

The town is requesting that residents not leave their cars parked on the streets and to leave shoveled snow on the right of a driveway, Murray said, to avoid having their driveways “plowed in.”

“Neighbors should take advantage of the time today to prepare for the storm, purchasing groceries, buying ‘ice melt’ and locating shovels and ice scrapers,” Murray said. “Once the storm hits, I encourage residents to limit travel by car as roadways can become slippery and heavy snowfall can limit visibility.”

shari January 10, 2011 at 06:30 PM
As long as they keep closing my office due to heavy snow, I say, LET IT SNOW!
Eric Englender January 11, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I`m with you
Cindy Springsteen January 11, 2011 at 02:46 PM
I hope they close the schools and not wait until 5:00 in the morning and actually plow my street for a change last storm had to call twice and they still never came my street is still bad from last storm so not looking forward to this again.
Artie Barnett January 11, 2011 at 06:35 PM
I hope the men at DPW will ignore those who complain about their driveways being plowed in and clear curb to curb this time. If you MUST get out of your driveway, it will unfortunately be plowed in again. Otherwise, wait until the plows are done and dig your driveways out one time. Public safety must take precedence over public convenience.
Chrissy January 11, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I think the best thing for everyone to do is just stay home, hunker down, and ride the storm out. Catch up on a good book or DVD. That gives all the village, town, county workers a chance to clear the streets the right way without everyone in their way. Most of us are pretty much within walking distance of a convenience store, and we will not be snowed in the entire winter!
The Truth January 12, 2011 at 12:17 AM
Where are the plows? We are almost 20 minutes into this snow emergency and not one single plow has come down my block. And if anyone knows who owns that banged up car parked on Beech St, can you ask them to move it so the block can get plowed. For the record I was the first Sallie this storm to complain about the snow.....
Mickey January 12, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Furrow Lane must have a Plow-Angel looking out for us. We get plowed from the first 1-2 inches and continue to get plowed about every 2 hours until the snow stops falling...then some periodic matinence to clear the street snow due to those who shovel or snowblow it back into the streets. THANK YOU DPW!!! Great Job! And to all my GREAT neighbors who show up in front of our house with their snowblowers at the ready!!!
Artie Barnett January 12, 2011 at 06:13 PM
The Mineola DPW did a fantastic job in my area. But then our dear neighbors do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwgMqu4junE
Bob Rabey January 13, 2011 at 07:20 AM
They say "Common courtesy is not common". Apparently they are right. People complain that we have too many rules and regulations. It would seem they are needed. Must people be told not to push, plow or throw snow into the street once it's been plowed? Or must we be like New Jersey, and have a "law" dictating that people must remove snow off the tops of their cars for public safety?
felipe January 13, 2011 at 01:53 PM
there should be a law to tell people to clear off their sidewalks by a certain time of the day, to avoid accidents like the one that happened on new years eve!
Mike January 13, 2011 at 04:35 PM
there are laws that address that issue
Artie Barnett January 13, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Laws are useless without enforcement

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