Highway Superintendent: Slippery commute, but supplies are ‘OK’

03/05/2015 7:03 AM |
Ninth Street in Greenport was blanketed in snow around 6 a.m. Thursday morning. (Credit: Jason Zaweski)

Ninth Street in Greenport was blanketed in snow around 6 a.m. Thursday morning. (Credit: Jason Zaweski)

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect as snow begins to accumulate Thursday morning.

Southold Town road crews started salting around 5 a.m., but travel could still be challenging, Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando said.

“The roads are a little slippery,” he said. “Drivers beware; take your time.”

Heavy snow is expected throughout the day Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. NWS meteorologists are calling for low visibility and icy roadways, making traveling hazardous.

By the time the snow moves out around 7 p.m. Thursday evening, the NWS is predicting 4 to 7 inches of snowfall.

Alhough the Southold Town Highway Department has been concerned about dwindling supplies, Mr. Orlando said they are prepared to get through the storm.

He said the town received 40 tons of salt last night, enough to get through Thursday’s winter storm.

“Supplies are OK,” he said. “We have more than enough to do this snow.”

Mr. Orlando said salt supplies have been low for the past two to three weeks, adding that the department has been “on the edge of not having enough.” However, he expects the department to receive more deliveries over the weekend that will help restock the salt barn.

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