UPDATE: This is a message from Southold Police Captain Martin Flatley.
This morning we do not have any [accidents] yet. However the roads are icy for now, especially the secondary roads that have not been driven on as much. Rt. 25 and Rt. 48 are both open, but both have patches of ice and slush and drivers should use extreme caution driving on. Even thought it’s rain hitting the windshield, some of it is still turning to ice with the colder surfaces it is landing on.
The temperatures are forecasted to rise later this morning and conditions should improve as the day progresses.
The National Weather Service in Upton has issued an ice storm warning that is in effect until 9 a.m. this morning.
The weather service said more than a half-inch of ice will accumulate on area roadways by mid-morning, making travel a nightmare for area drivers.
The precipitation is expected to continue through the afternoon, although temperatures have already begun to climb above freezing. A high of 39 degrees is expected for today.
The 7:30 a.m. Cross Sound Ferry departing Orient Point has been canceled and there will be no casino connections today. The Long Island Rail Road will be operating on a weekend schedule this morning.
Greenport Public Schools — Two-hour delay
Mattituck-Cutchogue School District — Two-hour delay
New Suffolk School District — Delay Start at 10:30 a.m.
Oysterponds School — Delayed start at 10:15 a.m.
Southold School District — Two-hour delay
Our Lady of Mercy Regional School (Cutchogue)— Delayed start at 11 a.m.
Bishop McGann-Mercy High School — Closed