Snowstorm Keeps East Hampton Schools Closed Friday

Durell Godfrey

East Hampton schools will be closed for the second consecutive day on Friday after about a foot of snow fell in the area on Thursday. 

The East Hampton School District had a recorded message sent to parents around 5 p.m. on Thursday. Richard Burns, the district superintendent, said school officials were concerned about student safety. The roads are expected to be a "sheet of ice" on Friday, he said, as the snow will not melt by the morning because of the frigid temperatures overnight. 

The storm is winding down this evening, and the blizzard warning that went into effect at 3 a.m. expired at 6 p.m. However, the forecast calls for widespread blowing of snow before 9 p.m., with wind chill temperatures of between zero and 10 overnight.

There is a chance of flurries after 10 a.m., but the forecast is for it to be mostly sunny, with a high near 28, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chill temperatures will be between -5 and 5 degrees. It will be breezy with a west wind of 18 to 23 miles per hour. 

The Amagansett, Montauk, Sag Harbor, Springs, Southampton, and Wainscott School Districts also announced closures. The Ross School will be closed, as well. 

Suffolk County and both East Hampton and Southampton Towns declared snow emergencies on Thursday.