Spring snow blasts parts of New York area

Kristin Thorne reports from Long Island
March 31, 2014 2:51:56 PM PDT
It might be spring, but it certainly didn't seem that way Monday morning, as snow fell across parts of the Tri-State Area.

Selden was among a number of towns on Long Island that saw as much as five inches of snow, which also snarled traffic on the Long Island Expressway.


Drivers also got stranded on Route 83 in Farmingville, causing the roadway to be shut down.

"The roads are crazy," Brentwood resident Ariel Gardner said. "We didn't expect this sudden snow, but I think we will be all right. I'm over it. I'm ready for spring. I was ready to rake my yard and get the leaves together, but the snow just hit us."

And in Centereach, a car overturned and flipped off Route 97. The driver was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital, thankfully with only minor injuries.

"It caused a lot of headaches in the morning. I was out sliding and a lot of traffic backed up," said Ronkonkoma resident Eddie Fastaia.

The optimists may have put the shovels away, but out they come again. And anyone trying to get somewhere quickly realized that wasn't going to happen.

"It's making my day very difficult," Lake Grove resident Paul Heinrich said. "I can't believe it. We're running like two hours behind today."

"I thought it was like a blizzard this morning earlier today," said Selden resident Brian Palmer.

A dusting of snow also appeared north of the city in Westchester County, and some schools in Connecticut opened late.

Schools in Torrington and Litchfield were among those opening 90 minutes to two hours late Monday morning. Several regional school districts in western Connecticut also opened late, and heavy snow was falling in Hartford.

None of the accumulation is expected to last very long, with temperatures set to climb close to 60 by midweek.

"I'm over it. I'm ready for spring. I was ready to rake my yard and get the leaves together but the snow just hit us today," said Brentwood resident Ariel Gardner.