Snow cancels schools, creates slick road conditions on Long Island

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Friday, January 7, 2022
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Stacey Sager reports the snow came down heavily across Long Island just after midnight and for hours blanketed the area with anywhere from 3 to 9 inches of snow.

WEST BABYLON, Suffolk County (WABC) -- For some people this winter weather is fun.

"Love it. Best thing in the world. I don't see anything better than this, said Darren Calica, Huntington Station resident.

"I think it's great that we finally have snow. I know people love snow and hate snow at the same time," said John Quattrocchi, Huntington Station resident.

The snow came down heavily across Long Island just after midnight and for hours blanketed the area with anywhere from three to nine inches of snow.

RELATED | Snow totals for the Tri-State area

If you woke up around 8 a.m. Friday you missed pretty much the entire storm.

As quickly as it came, it went.

By mid-morning, you could see pavement again on the roadways.

"Not too bad, good for the holidays, we didn't have it for Christmas or New Year's so now we have, it's beautiful," a resident said.

For many who were still dazed from the holiday break and COVID, Friday's snow day seemed just about right.

Stacey Sager has more on the winter storm from Long Island:

There was plenty of white, fluffy snow, and plenty of time to get out in it.

"He was staying home we just got back from being away, so he was staying home anyway," said Billy Lindenmeier, Flower Hill parent. "So if you're going have a snow day, this was it."

For others, this is a real moneymaker. Twelve-year-old Gilbert Sudaley estimated he'd make more than $200 shoveling driveways.

Nassau and Suffolk counties both saw a good accumulation, timed perfectly for planning, if you ask county officials.

"It started really to get significant around 4 a.m. There was plenty of warning for the storm. People were able to have a heads up," Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.

Bellone says they had plenty of plow trucks out and they don't anticipate any other issues for the day.

"We have opened up the emergency operations center," he said. "We're not expecting any needs, but we will see as the day goes along."

The biggest inconvenience was probably just at the COVID testing sites.

The one in North Hempstead was closed all morning.

Eyewitness News watched as those seeking tests pulled in and simply turned around and left.

For anyone working outdoors, their work was cut out for them in the 6 inches or so, but nothing was stopping the US Postal Service, or Amazon, no matter how slow, or how slippery.

"Just make it through, do my route and get done, go home," said Lee Ingardi, an Amazon delivery person.


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