LIRR expects near-normal commute as LI digs out

December 20, 2009 8:04:22 PM PST
The brunt of the storm hit Long Island, with whiteout conditions and record snowfall. Nearly 25 inches was recorded in Upton by Sunday morning.

It was tough going for drivers who absolutely had to be out there and there were serious issues on the LIRR.

N.J. Burkett reported that it's a good thing this storm happened on a Sunday morning, because the roads were extremely bad, and the Long Island Rail Road was running extremely limited service. LIRR officials say they expect a near-normal a.m. rush hour on Monday, but there may be some residual, storm-related delays as overnight temperatures dip, possibly impacting switches and other equipment. Buses will replace trains between Greenport and Ronkonkoma due to high snow drifts. Customers for all branches are advised to leave early and allow extra travel time.

The storm kept about 150 people stranded on a LIRR train for more than five hours overnight.

Snow drifts and equipment failures were among the troubles. The train eventually had to be towed to a nearby station, where passengers were put on another train.

Highways and local roads were barely passable even in four-wheel drive vehicles.

Plows and sanders struggled to keep up with blowing and drifting snow overnight and into the morning.

Even sanitation workers heading into New York City had a difficult time driving in the snowy conditions.