With ominous weather expected to descend on the Northeast overnight, officials are gearing up for what Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said will be "a massive storm." Many local government offices will be closed on Tuesday, and some schools have begun announcing closures.
Most of Long Island remains under a blizzard warning, except for the eastern end of Long Island. Suffolk County is on "the southern edge of this weather pattern," Mr. Bellone said in a teleconference with the media on Monday afternoon. "If it tracks one way or another, it would create more or less of an impact," he said, though he added it will be serious regardless. "How significant it is remains to be seen." However, he said, "As we get closer and closer to the event, the likelihood of any major shift is decreasing rapidly."
The East End remains under a winter storm warning from midnight on Tuesday to midnight on Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected, with "blizzard conditions" still in the forecast for Tuesday morning, turning to a mixture of rain and snow in the afternoon.
Snow is expected to begin around 3 a.m. "The worst of the storm will be tomorrow morning during the commuting hours," Mr. Bellone said, anticipating the roads will be "treacherous" if predictions hold up. Coastal flooding and high winds over the next 24 hours are also cause for concern.
East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo used the same word to describe expected road conditions on the South Fork, despite anticipating less accumulation than the western part of the county.
East Hampton and Southampton Town and East Hampton and Sag Harbor Village offices have already been closed, and public meetings have canceled ahead of the storm. Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman declared a snow emergency on Monday afternoon, effective at midnight through Tuesday. Motorists are being asked to stay off the roads and travel only when it is absolutely necessary. Sag Harbor Mayor Sandra Schroeder also declared a snow emergency Monday afternoon, effective Tuesday morning at 7. Parking will be prohibited on all village streets and Village Hall will be closed.
So far on the South Fork, the Amagansett School, the Bridgehampon School, the East Hampton School District, the Sag Harbor School District, the Ross School, and the Hayground School have alerted parents that they will not open.
Mr. Bellone said a county and state snow emergency will also likely be declared in the coming hours. He has been in contact with state officials and will act as the liaison to the state for local officials.
He recommended that residents sign up for the CODE RED emergency notification alert system to stay up to date through Suffolk County's website. The county's website will have emergency numbers and information starting at 5 p.m. on Monday.
Power outages or downed wires should be reported directly to PSEG at 1-800-490-0075.
For a list of closures and cancellations, click here. Check back often for additional closures as they are announced.
This article has been updated with more school closures.