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This winter season’s first nor’easter could bring blizzard conditions — heavy snow, strong gusts of wind and limited visibility — on Saturday, according to the latest weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.

But as for the snow totals themselves? You can most likely breathe a sigh of relief. READ

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A private road in New Suffolk was flooded during Tuesday's nor'easter. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A private road in New Suffolk was flooded during Tuesday’s nor’easter. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Update (Tuesday 5 p.m.): Areas along the shoreline, including several properties in New Suffolk, are being inundated by coastal flooding as a early winter nor’easter moves across the North Fork.

But the Southold Town Highway Department hasn’t had to close any road due to flooding or trees falling, said Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando.

Mr. Orlando said the department’s workers have mostly been “puddle jumping” between flooded roadways, pumping out the rainwater before the roads become impassable.

“We’ll be down here ’til close to midnight,” he said. The department hasn’t had a single report of a tree falling on a town road, he added.

“We lucked out on that one,” Mr. Orlando said.

Update (Tuesday 10 a.m.): Hazardous weather advisories remain in effect Tuesday as a nor’easter brings heavy rain and strong winds to the area.

Southold Town Highway Department crews prepped for the nor’easter by readying tree and branch removal equipment Monday afternoon, Highway Superintendent Vincent Orlando said.  (more…)

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson uses heavy equipment to clear Marcy Avenue at 4:30 Saturday afternoon.

A powerful nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow on the North Fork Friday night into Saturday. As the storm passed and highway crews tried to clear the roads, the Times/Review Newsgroup editorial team and readers provided live news updates and photos.

As of early Saturday morning, most North Fork roads remained impassable, but things began to clear as the day went on. But blowing snow and icing roadways led officials to tell drivers to remain off roadways Saturday night into Sunday.

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TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | A snow plow clears Route 25 in Cutchogue in January 2011.

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | A snow plow clears Route 25 in Cutchogue in January 2011.

A “significant” winter storm is expected to dump between 12 and 20 inches of snow across Long Island, with the most snow expected on the North Fork and East End Friday into Saturday, according to forecasts by the National Weather Service, which issued a blizzard warning starting Friday.

Even higher amounts can accumulate on eastern Long Island due to isolated snow bands, weather officials said.

A mix of rain and occasional flurries had already begun to fall Friday morning, with about 2 to 4 inches of snow expected to accumulate during the daytime hours, according to NWS forecasts.

[Check back starting this afternoon for live coverage of the storm as it approaches the region].

But things are going to start picking up into the evening and worsen as the night goes on, when the blizzard will hit with heavy bands of snow and sustained winds between 30 and 40 mph — with gusts topping 60 mph — that will make travel dangerous and may cause power outages, officials said.

“This is a classic nor’easter,” said meteorologist David Stark, with the weather service station in Upton. “All the ingredients that come together for nor’easter are there.”

NORTH FORK SCHOOL CLOSINGS, POSTPONEMENTS

The storm could cause electrical outages for over 100,000 customers on Long Island, according to a statement by National Grid.

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Meanwhile, locals were flocking to area supermarkets and gas stations to stock up on fuel and supplies Friday morning.

” I think people are overreacting about the gas situation,” said Jim McGreevy, as he waited behind a few cars lined up at the Hess station on Main Road in Mattituck. “We’re just putting some gas in the truck. We have gas at home for the generator, snowblower.

“I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as Sandy was.

“I think it’s ridiculous that people are panicking,” added his wife, Jennifer McGreevy. “It’s probably because of the snowblowers and stuff, but even the grocery store was nuts yesterday. It was like a madhouse. It was worse than before Thanksgiving.”

Officials are warning residents to stay indoors as the full force of the storm hits.

“The winds are going to be howling Friday night,” Mr. Stark said. “I wouldn’t recommend being on the road.”

The snow will continue through the night into Saturday morning, officials said.

The east-northeastern winds may also cause beach erosion on the North Fork because of Friday night’s high tide, he added.

Weather officials have issued a flood warning for coastal areas as well.

Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco issued a statement Friday cautioning residents to have a plan in place to stay warm and safe. If you lose heat in your home, he said, close off any unneeded rooms and plan to stay in one area.

“To retain heat as long as possible, place blankets or towels under doors and cover up all windows where heat could easily escape,” he said.

The sheriff also recommended leaving faucets slightly turned on if there is a danger of water pipes freezing.

By Saturday afternoon, the storm will have moved out of the area and the high winds will die down over the weekend as temperatures rise above freezing, Mr. Stark said.

Residents are advised to avoid traveling during the storm due to the predicted hazardous conditions.

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With Gianna Volpe, Michael White and Joe Werkmeister

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Remember Hurricane Irene over the summer? As storms go, the nor’easter was a simple blowhard.
While it did snow late Saturday and early Sunday on the East End, it didn’t stick or accumulate, and it didn’t come anywhere near the 3-5 inches that the National Weather Service had predicted.
Still, there were some power outages and downed trees reported in the area.
The Long Island Power Authority reported Sunday morning 36 homes without power in Riverhead Town, and 154 homes in Southold Town.
In Riverhead, the bulk of the homes without power were in Wading River, where 32 homes were reported without power.
In Southold Town, there were 89 homes without power in Southold hamlet, 36 in Cutchogue, 26 in Orient Point, and less than five in Laurel.Southold Police reported a quiet night with a few downed limbs on local roadways but no major problems.
“We had about five or six trees come down,” said Riverhead Highway Superintendent George Woodson. There were two trees down in Wading River, one in Aquebogue, one in Riverhead and one on Sound Avenue.
“I didn’t get any calls about flooding so we must be doing good on our drain cleaning campaign,” he said.
Still, he said he was ready for snow.
“We had six trucks all set up and ready to go with the plows on,” he said.
The East End fared much better than other areas with Saturday’s storm.
The Weather Channel reported 2.6 million people without power in the northeast states, and more than an inch of snow was reported in Central Park in New York City.