Melted snow, cold temps could cause black ice

Today's sunshine and warmer temps melted some snow here on Main Road. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Today’s sunshine and warmer temps melted some snow here on Main Road. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Don’t let Sunday afternoon’s sunshine fool you into thinking winter weather has passed.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures are going to drop below freezing tonight with a low at around 15 degrees.

And with Sunday’s sunny skies at a high near 38 degrees, some melted snow could cause black ice conditions.

Greenport Village administrator Paul Pallas said he hasn’t experienced a big melt on roads since temperatures didn’t rise above 40 degrees. While puddles formed throughout roadways, he said in an interview this afternoon that he didn’t notice any flooding and found today’s sunshine helped to dry out the roads.

“We’ll keep an eye out and salt as necessary,” he said.

Southold Town Highway Superintendent Vinny Orlando said crews plowed until 2:30 a.m. today and again between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mr. Orlando said flooding has been largely avoided because the snow absorbed most of the rain and crews cleaned out drains last week in anticipation for this weekend’s storm.

As for tonight, Mr. Orlando said crews are planning to hit the roads at around 7 p.m.

“As soon as the sun goes down, the temperatures will drop and we’ll definitely be out sanding again,” he said. “Drivers should take their time and be careful of black ice.”

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