Good Morning! What’s so good about it?
* Eastern Long Island is getting sockered by this storm. While snowfall in New York City failed to meet expectations, the National Weather Service has upped the snow total forecast for Suffolk County to 24 to 36 inches, a.k.a. 2 to 3 feet.* Mattituck’s
* As of 6 a.m., the Weather Service reported there were 18.2 inches of snow on the ground at Islip McArthur Airport, 16 inches in Flanders and 15 inches in Upton. The Weather Service expects another 9 to 13 inches of snow during the day today and 1 to 2 inches tonight, with the Blizzard Warning ending at midnight.
* All of the East End towns are under a state of emergency. East Hampton and Southampton are both urging residents to call the following numbers to report non-life-threatening emergencies: 631.537.7575 (East Hampton) and 631.728.3400 (Southampton).
* There’s still plenty of wind out there, and we’re expecting wind chills between 0 and 10 degrees through the day and night, and between -5 and 5 degrees as we dig out tomorrow.
* As of 6 a.m., PSEG-Long Island was reporting 14 power outages in Suffolk County. If, god forbid, your cable or internet goes out, Optimum has all kinds of apps for that in their storm center, www.optimum.net/stirmpreparedness, where you can ride out the storm hooked up to an electronic device.
* If you have natural gas heat, your furnace may be vented out a PVC pipe about three feet up the side of your house, instead of out a chimney. National Grid is urging everyone who has such a heating system to make sure that vent is not buried under snow, because this could cause carbon monoxide to back up into your house.
* Oh, yeah, there’s no school today anywhere in these parts.
And that’s the way things look (if anything can be seen!) at dawn’s light here today.