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Jan 17, 2011 2:04 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

South Fork Digs Out Following Blizzard That Dumped About 12 Inches Of Snow

Jan 17, 2011 2:04 PM

The South Fork is digging out from a blizzard that dumped an average of 12 inches of snow across the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The storm accounted for between 10 and 12 inches of snow accumulation across most of the South Fork and winds as high as 40 mph. Snow accumulation was higher in certain areas as narrow bands of heavier snow swept across the region. The easternmost reaches of the area, east of Amagansett, saw significantly lower totals, as rain and sleet mixed in with the snow. Montauk saw about 5 inches of snow accumulation.

The Long Island Power Authority reported that approximately 300 households on the South Fork were without power as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, primarily in Hampton Bays and western portions of Southampton Town. East Hampton Town saw just a handful of outages. The company expected to have all the outages in Southampton Town restored by late morning on Wednesday and the East Hampton Town outages by mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

The heaviest snowfalls were seen in central Suffolk County, where accumulation totals reached close to 18 inches, and in southeastern Connecticut, which saw more than 20 inches. Snow had stopped falling in Manhattan and most of Nassau County by sunrise Wednesday, meteorologist Lauren Nash of the National Weather Service said.

Bridgehampton resident Richard Hendrickson, an official weather observer for the National Weather Service for more than 50 years, measured 9 inches of snow at his Bridgehampton house Wednesday morning.

“It’s a nice, average January winter storm, and as storms go in January, I think we’re very fortunate,” he said. “We could have 50 to 60 mile per hour winds and snow drifts so high the highway department can’t get through—and we don’t. It’s not bad for our area on Eastern Long Island. The kids ought to have a field day.”

As predicted, snow started falling locally at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, with the heaviest precipitation seen in the overnight hours.

The source of the snow is a storm moving up the East Coast, which dumped as much as 8 inches of snow across the South Monday, and intensified during the day Tuesday as it converged with a second storm, bringing colder air in from the Midwest.

The supervisors and mayors of every East End municipality asked residents to stay off of local roads unless absolutely necessary, for safety reasons and to allow snow removal crews to clear roads. All schools and most municipal buildings are closed for the day. Check the 27east.com homepage for up-to-the-minute information on closings.

A coastal flooding advisory was issued for the Peconics, Gardiners Bay and Block Island Sound shorelines. Winds were not as strong as during the December 26 blizzard that caused severe erosion in Montauk and parts of Amagansett.

Local officials began urging residents to prepare for the storm on Tuesday morning and early afternoon by picking up supplies, medicines and food, and to fuel vehicles.

Southampton Hospital sent out an advisory on Tuesday asking that residents ensure any signs displaying their house number were cleared of snow and visible in case emergency vehicles needed to locate a house during the blizzard.

The Hampton Jitney cancelled some of its buses between the East End and New York City early Wednesday morning but westbound service resumed by midmorning on Wednesday and eastbound service by late morning. Updated schedules are available at the website hamptonjitney.com.

Lieutenant Robert P. Iberger of the Southampton Town Police, the town’s emergency preparedness coordinator, said residents should avoid traveling on the roads during the storm, since it will affect highway crews’ ability to clear roadways.

Lt. Iberger also suggested that town residents should have the following on hand: a battery-powered radio, battery-powered lights, a manual can opener, and enough supplies to last through a power outage. While the town has a program for checking on senior citizens, he also urged residents to check in with elderly family members and neighbors who might be alone during the storm.

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Hey everyone!! Just wishing all of you Westhampton Beachers a Happy New Year from the beach!!!

By Jimmy K (2), Westhampton Beach on Jan 11, 11 1:48 AM
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Quack! Looks like I will be making a big pot of chili tomorrow and some snow-daiquiris!!!!! All you 'Bubs be careful and stay off the roads unless you are an emergency responder; let the highway guys do their jobs and don't get in the way by being stuck.
By SisBoomBonacker (106), Hamptons on Jan 11, 11 4:35 PM
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Me, I'll be baking. Keeps the house warm while the snow flies and the results taste so good. Mmmmm
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jan 11, 11 10:42 PM
Already took down half a dozen "standing dead" trees, and beefed up the firewood supply.

We'll be toasty over our way...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jan 11, 11 11:06 PM
Global warming for the second time this month. Inconvenient truth is Al Gore is a opportunist. lol I have to laugh at all the NY Slimes articles 3 years ago and please Hat Head spare me the rebuttal cause I cant take it its so funny.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jan 12, 11 3:32 AM
Only an idiot would attempt to use a snowstorm to refute global warming.

As the climate warms, established weather patterns change chaotically. Some places get warmer, some get colder (specifically the North Atlantic, due to fresh water melt of Greenland and the Arctic disrupting the Gulf Stream, which transmits heat from the equator up the east coast, across the Atlantic, and down the west coast of Europe) and all get more extreme.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Jan 12, 11 6:19 PM
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OMG, talk about extreme you make it seem as if the sky is falling GMAFB.

Have you started to build your Arc yet Noah? Your gonna need it with all this global warming.

I hear Toyota is coming out with an amphibious Prius in 2012 just intime for the mayan calander to end just for all you Kool-Aide drinkers. Get yer order in now.......

By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Jan 12, 11 6:54 PM
Remind us all again what happens, when cold, dry air, moves over open water?

All this snow, is most likely caused not only by a warmer ocean, but by an ocean that has more open water than in the last 100 years. Expect this regularly, until all the ice loses it's ability to cool the ocean. The Gulf Stream is what Europe depends upon, so as not to be an icebox. If it ever shut down, Europe would get very cold, in very short order. This heavy snow, is a symptom of the current changes in ...more
Jan 12, 11 9:39 PM appended by Mr. Z
Also, remind us the effect open water has on air temperature?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jan 12, 11 9:39 PM
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hey genuis, read this. Oh, i forgot, they all made it up.

By littleplains (305), olde england on Jan 12, 11 10:59 PM
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The planet is warming, why is up for debate, as is how much it is going to warm. Remember the last ICE AGE? You know the Laurentide that formed the polluted glacial moraine called Long Island that we all live on! The planet has been warming for the last 18,000 years.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 5:44 PM
Time to buy a snowblower. I had one before but it broke. Now after last winter and this winter looking like last winter its time for another one. I wonder if this is some kind of weather cycle as these are the winters I remember as a kid. Maybe our "New England" winters are back to stay for awhile.......
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Jan 12, 11 9:18 AM
Somehow an extension cord and snow doesn't sound like the best combo!
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 5:46 PM
AAAHHHHH, what the hell, it's only 110v right?
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 5:46 PM
Thanks for the update Michael. It will be interesting to see what Mr. Hendrickson reports for the storm's total snowfall, as the last few hours included quite a bit of light fluffy snow.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 12, 11 12:23 PM
Why do you even bother shoveling just drive over it and wait for the distructive dirty crap to melt
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jan 12, 11 2:32 PM
That's called lazy, unsafe, and even extremely dangerous on a wholesale level. All that pack, usually turns to ice with a freeze/thaw cycle. Also, your average passenger vehicle has around 6 to 8 inches of ground clearance. Try manuevering through a foot of snow with one. Probably won't get very far.

We can guess you run trucks, or SUVs. I guess we can also wager you don't live on a hill...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jan 12, 11 9:31 PM
What most people who drive both cars and SUV's don't realize that 4WD or AWD doesn't eliminate the problems with driving in the snow. You need the right tires, which I have and even a foot and a half isn't a problem.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 5:50 PM
GREAT JOB HIGHWAY DEPT!! We're usually one of the last roads to be plowed, but not this time. 2X by 1:00---thanks guys.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 12, 11 5:02 PM
That's what they are paid to do! It's sad that we have lowered our expectations to the point that we praise people for do what they are suppose to do!
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 5:52 PM
This is winter man. Deal with it. Time to prepare for this winter was last summer.

'nuff said.

By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Jan 12, 11 5:02 PM
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It sure is winter !
By YXZ (32), Hampton Bays on Jan 12, 11 11:03 PM
Sweet summer Sunfish
By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Jan 13, 11 11:33 AM
Southampton Town dug us out well:) The town did a fantastic job on North Sea Road and the smaller roads....

Southampton Village though, screwed up BIG TIME.
Unplowed, unsalted, unsanded... Unforgivable!!!!
It's like driving on the Moon!.

Glad I don't pay SH Village taxes.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Jan 13, 11 12:53 PM
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Town did a great job on Montauk Hwy, but Southampton Village should be ashamed. Hill Street was a nightmare this morning (and that's a direct route to the hospital!) Windmill is still a mess & i saw 2 Village plows going by with the plow UP! Heard CR39 crappy too, guess the County hasn't gotten out this way yet.
By EastEnder2 (30), Hampton Bays on Jan 13, 11 1:18 PM
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Really? The Town plowed Montauk Hwy? I think you may not have a clue as to what you speak of, Montauk Hwy is a County Rd and in Some Places a State Road. Now think, why would the Town be plowing it? I happened to drive a bit further than you, and all County Roads I encountered were clear, I was all the way upisland and back yesterday. So, while you "heard" I saw!
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 5:36 PM
New article posted re: Village response (no link above).


By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 6:47 PM
You are on top of it PBR! They should kick you a free subscription.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jan 13, 11 9:23 PM
The biggest problem I have is people trying to rip me off. We hired locally to plow out our flag lot but they wanted $400!!!!! My nephew up island does driveways for 20 bucks. He'd have done the flag lot, my driveway and my neighbor's driveway for $100, but of course he couldn't get here because he had so much work up island and it the roads were bad. I really hate living in the Hamptons where I have to suffer because other people are rich. You can tell by looking at my house - at my entire neighborhood ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Jan 16, 11 5:32 PM
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Sounds like you really have it bad. I guess somebody forced you buy that flag lot and forced you to move into the hamptons to make you suffer.

almost brings a tear to me eyes

only thing i can do for ya is offer ya a little cheese with your whine

By Bilge Water (131), Southampton on Jan 16, 11 6:53 PM
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Didn't move here, hon. Born and raised. I'd move if I could. Didn't get the flag lot plowed after this last storm, which is ok for me, since I parked up near the road and have been keeping my car parked on the road ever since. But so far, several UPS trucks, Fed Ex and the US Mail have gotten stuck in my flag lot making deliveries. Oh well. Poor them! Sorry, can't afford a plowout.
By btdt (449), water mill on Jan 19, 11 12:10 PM
Of coarse the ever envious PBR liked that
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jan 27, 11 9:45 PM
Hey, if anyone needs a driveway plowed I know a Southampton high school senior who just bought a truck with the plow attached. He lives out on Mecox Road near the high power lines. He's local and a nice kid goes by the name of Frank Raynor.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jan 20, 11 2:09 PM