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Mar 12, 2018 10:09 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Thousands Without Power After Heavy Snowfall Across Region

Downed wires were seen around Wickapogue Road on Tuesday morning. GREG WEHNER
Mar 14, 2018 9:25 AM

UPDATE, Tuesday 5 p.m.

Nearly 3,500 households on the South Fork were left without power by Tuesday's heavy snowfall.

With more than a foot of snow falling across much of the region, much of it particularly heavy because of relatively warm temperatures, numerous power lines were downed throughout the day.

Outages have affected large areas of Westhampton, including all of the village of West Hampton Dunes and much of Amagansett, according to PSEG.

The utility says that more than 1,1100 houses in Westhampton are currently without power. Crews are on scene, but a time frame for restoration of power to that area is not known.

Another 1,200-plus households are in the dark in Amagansett and not expected to have their power restored until after midnight tonight. In other areas of the region outages may persist until mid morning tomorrow, PSEG repair estimates say.

UPDATE, Tuesday, 3:00 p.m.

Southampton Town declared a State of Emergency on Tuesday afternoon as police and emergency crews work to clear the roads during the storm, according to a press release.

Southampton Town officials have advised that motorists stay off the roads and have requested that residents remove parked cars from the roadway so that Highway Department crews can do a more efficient job of clearing the wet heavy snow.

East Hampton Town offices remain closed and roads will take the remainder of the day to clear, according to Rebecca Molinaro Hansen, the administrator fior the Village of East Hampton.

Quogue Village mayor, Peter Sartorius, reported several wires down throughout the village, and a snapped utility pole on Quaquanantuck Lane.

UPDATE, Tuesday, 10:48 a.m.

According to the PSEG outage map, the Town of Southampton currently has 2,723 customers without power. Westhampton and Westhampton Beach have reported the highest number of outages with 1,486 customers affected .

UPDATE, Tuesday 9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service is now predicting that snowfall totals in parts of the East End could reach between 12 and 18 inches before the nor’easter moves out, with the highest totals further east.

Parts of Southampton have already seen more than five inches of snowfall along with gusty winds near 30 knotts.

The conditions made the morning commute hazardous, with slushy roads and limited visibility. A few vehicles were even seen turned in the wrong direction along Sunrise Highway on Tuesday morning.

Downed trees and power lines were also a problem on Tuesday morning, with one wire burning on the ground near Wickapogue Road and Narrow Lane in Southampton Village.

UPDATE, Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

East Hampton Town and Southampton Town have both closed all town offices and events on Tuesday due to the snow storm. East Hampton Village has also announced its offices will be closed Tuesday.

Forecasts now call for between 8 and 12 inches of snow to fall across the South Fork.


For the third time in the past two weeks, the National Weather Service is tracking a nor'easter, which will bring high winds and heavy snowfall to the East End Monday night and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the East End of Long Island, predicting that between eight and 10 inches of snow could fall between late Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.

Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the eastern-most portions of the South Fork could possibly see up to a foot of snow.

The storm is expected to make its way to the area between 11 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. on Tuesday. Mr. Morrin said residents may see a mixing of rain and snow at first on the South Fork, but it will quickly turn to snow.

By the Tuesday morning commute, Mr. Morrin said, there will be an accumulation of snow, and conditions will be hazardous with a snowfall rate of one to two inches of snow per hour and low visibility.

Winds during the nor'easter will be between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts over 40 mph.

The National Weather Service website noted there will be the potential for downed trees, tree limbs and power lines, along with coastal flooding at high tide, which is expected to be around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Mr. Morrin said the south-facing coastlines have suffered erosion over the past two storms, and this storm is no different.

Westhampton Beach-based coastal geologist Aram Terchunian said the bayside shorelines in Noyac and North Sea are the most in danger from this storm since the winds will be northeast throughout.

“A true nor'easter, with northeast winds and wave action, will only increase the erosion problem,” Mr. Morrin said.

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Interesting that the NWS Upton snow forecast maps show a range for Montauk of 0” snow minimum, and 16” maximum, as of 3:45 this morning. This is an unusually large range IMO, and reflects the uncertainty of the exact path of the jet stream for the next 24 hours.

The next Upton update will better inform the trend to be expected.

Stay safe!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 12, 18 12:38 PM
God forsaken bs, ridiculous already
By widow gavits (219), sag harbor on Mar 12, 18 1:18 PM
There goes all the bread and milk !!
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Mar 12, 18 2:41 PM
Destructive White filth
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Mar 12, 18 3:24 PM
Just try and Remember how we felt when we were 10 years old
By PACER (1), RIVERHEAD on Mar 12, 18 6:23 PM
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I'm trying Pacer, only trouble is when I was 10 I did not have tens of thousands of dollars invested in trees. lol
By joe hampton (3461), The Hamptons on Mar 12, 18 11:07 PM
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Perhaps you should start an insurance company for landscaping and plantings. Or a supplemental type of policy which picks up where homeowner's insurance just isn't enough to cover damages.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 12, 18 11:21 PM
LOL, perhaps a taxpayer funded program would be much more to your liking. Encouraging private enterprise? What kind of Marxist are you?
By NateNewtown (99), east on Mar 13, 18 1:16 PM
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If you're just going to ***** about it, move where it doesn't snow that much or at all.

Now where's my snow tube...
Mar 12, 18 6:59 PM appended by Mr. Z
Kansas and Wisconsin were the most recent supply side economic based unmitigated failures. The GOP/Trump tax plan is more of the same...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 12, 18 6:59 PM
Ha. I was thinking that this could extend the ski season another week or two.
By Craigcat (258), Speonk on Mar 12, 18 7:12 PM
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You must be so disappointed, being warmed by carbon based fuels that aren't "punishingly expensive" to reflect the "true cost" of their damage to the earth. Remember folks, Mr. Z would like you to pay more, much more for the oil and gas need to heat your home.
By NateNewtown (99), east on Mar 13, 18 1:19 PM
And later on monkeys might fly outta your butt.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 13, 18 7:52 PM
Looking at the radar, it appears we are in the "eye" of the Nor'Easter about now. Nice arc on the front forming off the South Shore. Just walked outside, and it smells like snow...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Mar 12, 18 9:44 PM
The main bands of heavy snow appear to have stayed east of East Hampton so far, and they appear to be moving slowly eastward.

Tides at Fort Pond Bay Montauk are running 2' plus above normal, and the next high tide in an hour or so could be challenging for the folks at Lazy Point, given the strong north winds [25-35 MPH]. Tonight's high tide ~7 PM could be worse IMO.

The Peconic River tide is 2' above normal, and rising fast, so the next high tide at noon or so could be a doozy. ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Mar 13, 18 6:13 AM
Hooray for xc skiing on the east end : )
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Mar 13, 18 9:59 AM
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It's all Trump's and Zeldin's fault!

And the NRA, too!

By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Mar 13, 18 2:40 PM
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still not plowed by 6:00 last night?!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Mar 14, 18 8:28 AM
Do not see upgrades being done by PSEG as promised. Still ancient wiring still hanging from poles.
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Mar 14, 18 1:25 PM
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