Long Island Live Blog: Scattered LIRR Delays; School Openings Delayed

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Keep refreshing this page for updates on Winter Storm Pax and its effect on Long Island.

7:54 a.m. -
Scattered delays reported on all LIRR branches. View the latest delays here.

Friday, Feb. 14

10:05 p.m. - 
A Brookhaven Highway Department salt storage building in Miller Place collapsed under the weight of snow and ice Thursday evening. Read the story here

9:06 p.m.- 
Huntington Town Hall will have a delayed opening at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. 

8:30 p.m. - via National Weather Service
Rain continuing to overspread the NE NJ, NYC and Lower Hudson Valley area with rain, sleet and freezing rain reported. Areas below freezing could see 1-2 tenths of an inch of ice accumulation through the next hour. Minor urban and poor drainage flooding is possible with this rain as well. The storm looks to have slowed down a bit as well so the changeover to snow may be a bit later...possibly closer to 11 p.m. to midnight.

8:02 p.m.
Here is a list of the delayed openings and closures for Friday that have been announced so far.


- Babylon Schools: Two hour delay.
Bayport-Blue Point: Two hour delay.
Bay Shore Schools: Two hour delay.
Bellmore Schools: Two hour delay.
Best Learning Center: Opening at 9 a.m. Friday and no morning before care.
- Brentwood Public Schools: Two hour delay.
- Bridgehampton: Two hour delay.
- Central Islip Schools: Two hour delay.
- Cleary School for the Deaf: Nesconset campus, two hour delay Friday.
- Commack: Delayed start at 9 a.m. 
- Connetquot Schools: Two hour delay.
- Copiague Schools: Two hour delay.
- Copiague Schools: Two hour delay.
- Deer Park Schools: Two hour delay.
- East Hampton Union Free School District: Two hour delay.
- East Islip Schools: Two hour delay.
- East Quogue Schools: Two hour delay.
- Eastern Suffolk BOCES: Two hour delay.
- Eastport-South Manor: Two hour delay.
- Emanuel Lutheran School: Two-hour delay.
- Farmingdale Public Schools: Two hour delay.
- Greenport Schools: Two hour delay.
- Half Hollow Hills Schools: Two hour delay.
- Harbor Country Day School: Two hour delay.
- Hauppauge Schools: Two hour delay.
- Heritage Christian Academy: Two hour delay.
- IGHL: Two hour delay.
- Island Trees Schools: Two hour delay.
- Islip Schools: Two hour delay.
- Ivy League School: Opening at 10 a.m. Friday.
- The Knox School: One hour delay.
- Leonard E. Burket Christian School and Sunshine Nursery School: Two hour delay.
- Levittown Schools: Two hour delay.
- Lindenhurst Schools: Two hour delay.
- Locust Valley Central School District: Two hour delay.
- Longwood Schools: Two hour delay.
- Malverne Schools: Two hour delay.
- Massapequa Schools: Two hour delay.
- Mattituck-Cutchogue Schools: Two hour delay.
- Middle Country Schools: Two hour delay.
- Miller Place Schools: Two hour delay.
- Mount Sinai Schools: Two hour delay.
- Nassau Community College: Morning classes cancelled.
- New Suffolk School: Two hour delay.
- North Babylon Schools: Two hour delay.
- North Merrick Schools: Two hour delay.
- North Shore Montessori School: Opening at 9:45 a.m. Friday.
- Our Lady of Mercy Academy: Opening at 10 a.m. Friday.
- Our Lady of Wisdom Port Jefferson: Two hour delay.
- Our Savior New American School: Opening at 10:15 Friday.
- Oysterponds School: Two hour delay.
- Patchogue-Medford Schools: Two hour delay. No morning childcare and no Pre-K.
- Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools: 90-minute delay Friday.
- Port Jefferson Schools: Two hour delay.
- Quogue Elementary School: Two hour delay.
- Remsenburg-Speonk Elementary School: Two hour delay.
- Riverhead Central School District: Two hour delay; no morning Pre-K.
- Rockville Centre Schools; Two hour delay.
- Rocky Point Schools: Two hour delay.
- Ross School: Two hour delay.
- Sachem Central School District: Two hour delay; no morning Pre-K and no morning childcare.
- Sag Harbor Schools: Two hour delay and no morning Pre-K.
- Sagaponack Schools: Two hour delay.
- Saint Isidore School: Two hour delay.
- Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School: Two hour delay.
- Saint Mary's School - East Islip: Opening at 9:50, no before care.
- Saint Patrick's Bay Shore: Two hour delay.
- Saint William the Abbot: Two hour delay.
- Seaford Schools: Two hour delay.
- Sayville Schools: Two hour delay.
- Shelter Island Schools: Two hour delay.
- Shoreham-Wading River School District: Two hour delay; no morning activities or childcare.
- South Country Schools: Two hour delay.
- South Huntington Schools: Two hour delay.
- Southampton Schools: Two hour delay.
- Southold Schools: Two hour delay.
- Springs Union Schools: Two hour delay.
- SUNY College Old Westbury: Classes cancelled Friday.
- Three Village Schools: Two hour delay Friday.
- Tuckahoe Schools: Two hour delay.
- Valley Stream Central High School District: Delayed opening Friday.
- Victory Christian Academy: Opening at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
- Wantagh Schools: Two hour delay.
- West Babylon: Two hour delay. 
- West Islip Schools: Two hour delay.
- Westhampton Beach Schools: Two hour delay.
- William Floyd School District: Two hour delay.

7:10 p.m. -
Several Long Island Rail Road trains are running on delays. Get full list here.

7:05 p.m. - via Long Island MacArthur Airport
Southwest Airlines, US Airways Express and PenAir have cancelled all flights out of MacArthur Airport Thursday.

Southwest Airlines is expected to resume service at 10:20 a.m. Friday.

USAirways Express is expected to resume service at 11:20 a.m. Friday

MacArthur Airport is advising travelers to contact their airline for the most updated flight info, as this is subject to change.

Southwest Airlines: 1-800-435-9792
USAirways Express: 1-800-428-4322

6:19 p.m. -
Trains arriving in Port Jefferson at 6:36 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9:20 p.m. will stop at Jamaica, Mineola, and Hicksville in addition to all regular stops.

6:05 p.m. - 
The Town of Brookhaven will re-open all Recreation and Senior Centers and the Aquatic Center in Mastic on Friday. However, transportation to the Senior Centers will not be provided. South Shore Nutrition at Herkimer Recreation Center, North Shore Nutrition at Rose Caracappa Center and the Jitney program will remain suspended until further notice.

5:22 p.m.: 
Suffolk County Police said that there were approximately 145 car crashes between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday; none were life-threatening.

4:49 p.m.:
PSEG Long Island has all available personnel on hand this evening to deal with outages due to the adverse weather conditions and forecast for additional snowfall through the evening. Currently, PSEG is reporting that 604 of the approximately 1.1 million customers across Long Island are currently without service.

Customers with a handheld device can also report power outages by texting “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454). They will then receive confirmation that the outage has been submitted and will begin receiving ongoing updates as the status of the outage changes. To do so requires a one-time registration; to register, text REG to PSEGLI (773454) or visit My Account. 

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at 1-800-490-0075. 

4:48 p.m.: Suffolk County Police said that there were approximately 100 car crashes between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

3:22 p.m. -
Nassau County Police confirm 81 car accidents because of the snow and the number is still climbing. Read the full report here.

2:42 p.m. - Here are the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service: 

Nassau County

  • BAYVILLE - 14.6
  • WOODBURY - 13.5 
  • LEVITTOWN - 12 
  • PLAINVIEW - 11.7
  • MASSAPEQUA - 11.5
  • BELLEROSE - 11.0
  • ALBERTSON - 10.5
  • CARLE PLACE - 10.4
  • EAST MEADOW - 10.0
  • MALVERNE - 9.4
  • BETHPAGE - 7.0

Suffolk County

  • COMMACK - 14.0
  • BAY SHORE - 13.5
  • SAINT JAMES -13.1
  • SMITHTOWN - 12.5
  • SELDEN - 11.7
  • LINDENHURST - 11.3
  • EAST SETAUKET - 11.3
  • NORTH BABYLON - 11.0
  • MELVILLE - 11.0
  • STONY BROOK - 10.9
  • SOUND BEACH - 10.6
  • HUNTINGTON - 10.5
  • WEST BABYLON - 10.5
  • CENTEREACH - 10.0
  • ORIENT - 8.4
  • ISLIP AIRPORT -  8.1

1:50 p.m. - LIRR reporting "scattered 15 to 20 minute delays system-wide."

Also, "extremely limited service restored on the Port Jefferson Branch," including one train per hour between Hicksville and Huntington, and every two hours between Huntington and Port Jefferson.

1:44 p.m. -
LIRR will add four trains to early-afternoon service from Penn Station between 2:32 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. Three of the trains are on the Babylon branch and one on Port Washington to Great Neck.

1 p.m. - 
Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone has declared an official snow emergency, effective at 11 a.m., and announced the cancellation of all activities and programs scheduled for Thursday at Town facilities.  "The continuing storm has presented a challenge to crews clearing snow from the streets, and it is advisable to facilitate plowing and to speed access for emergency vehicles that residents take their cars off the streets and stay off the roads, if possible," Petrone said.

11:57 a.m. - Here are the latest snow totals from the National Weather Service:


  • LEVITTOWN - 12.0
  • UNIONDALE - 10.
  • PLAINVIEW - 7.8
  • OYSTER BAY - 6.5
  • FLORAL PARK - 6.2
  • LIDO BEACH - 5.0
  • LONG BEACH - 5.0


  • BAY SHORE - 13.5
  • SMITHTOWN - 12.0
  • SELDEN - 11.7
  • MELVILLE - 11.0
  • WEST BABYLON - 10.5
  • SHOREHAM - 10.2
  • CENTEREACH - 9.2
  • COMMACK - 9.0
  • SAINT JAMES - 8.6
  • ISLIP - 8.0
  • UPTON - 7.3
  • SOUND BEACH - 7.3
  • LAKE GROVE - 7.0
  • HOLBROOK - 7.0
  • MATTITUCK - 6.8
  • ORIENT - 6.5
  • HUNTINGTON - 3.5
  • OAKDALE - 3.0

11:55 a.m. -
The Town of Babylon says it has more than 120 plows on the streets currently to clear main roads throughout the Town. "All roads remain very treacherous and travel should be avoided whenever possible," officials said. With heavy precipitation, a full moon, and a high tide around 9-10 p.m., coastal residents should take precautions to remove cars and valuables from the road. 

11:50 a.m. - New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for Long Island and New York as the storm continues to sock the region.

The weather may turn to rain and sleet for much of the area but is expected to turn back to snow tonight, he said. "Each storm has its curve ball and in this storm, it's the duration," Cuomo said. Up to 16 inches of snow could fall on parts of New York State, with 10 in New York and six to eight inches across most of Long Island. No roads have been closed yet in New York State but the situation will be watched closely as conditions continue.

The winter storm budget statewide has exceeded expectations but there have been no shortages of salt, he said.

"The new, different and most frightening part of my job is the number of storms we have faced, the number of emergencies, and the potential for damage and loss of life," Cuomo said. "These storms are more frequent and more ferocious. Any one of them could generate a loss of life, and I take it very seriously."

10:50 a.m. - See our gallery of photos being shared across social media of the storm.

10:30 a.m.
All Recreation and Senior centers in the Town of Islip are closed Thursday. Islip residents can call 631-224-5600 or 631-224-5380 for storm-related questions and concerns 24/7.

10:22 a.m.
Snowfall totals are higher than expected, with near blizzard conditions across Long Island and New York Thursday morning, before a changeover to rain later in the day.

10:07 a.m. - 
The Town of Brookhaven has closed all Recreation and Senior Centers, the Aquatic Center in Mastic and Nutrition Programs Thursday due to the current winter storm conditions. In addition, all Town programs, including the Jitney program, have been suspended.  Brookhaven anticipates opening all of these facilities and services on Friday. 

10:05 a.m. - 
Huntington Town Hall will now not open until noon.

10 a.m. - 
City of Long Beach announced in their morning report that they declared a snow emergency.

"The following 'snow emergency routes' are cleared of vehicles and snow in the following order when an official snow emergency is declared:
  • W. Beech St. between New York Ave and Nevada St.
  • West Park Ave between New York Ave and Nevada St.
  • West side of Maryland Ave between Beech St. and Park Ave.
  • Shore Rd. between Long Beach Rd. and Maple Blvd.
  • E. Pine St. between Neptune Blvd. and Curly St.
  • Park Place north of Park Ave.
9:49 a.m. - Nassau County cancels park activities, closes aquatic center and rifle range.

9:37 a.m. - via Long Island MacArthur AirportSouthwest Airlines currently expects to resume service at 1:55 p.m. US Airways Express and PenAir have multiple cancellations. 

Travelers should contact their airline for the most updated flight information, as flight info is subject to change.

Southwest Airlines: 1-800-435-9792
US Airways Express: 1-800-428-4322

9:33 a.m. -
Mangano reminds Nassau residents of the WARMBED program to shelter homeless individuals and families. Hours of operation are 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 6 p.m. through Monday at 8 a.m.

9:28 a.m. - via National Weather Service
Very heavy snow pushing north through the LoHud / farther into southern CT. 2-4"/hr snowfall possible there (very heavy!). Across the rest of the area, some sleet mixing in across far southern NYC / LI. Regardless, accumulation rates across NYC & LI continue around 1"+/hr. Very hazardous travel continues.

Here are the latest snowfall totals.

9:20 a.m. -
Nassau County Correctional Facility visiting hours cancelled for Thursday. 

9:09 a.m. - via @LIRR
8:34AM train from Port Jefferson due into Hicksville at 9:40AM, is canceled due to a train ahead striking an unauthorized vehicle on the tracks.

A tipster has also confirmed the collision between a LIRR train and a car in between Huntington and Greenlawn, just west of Cuba Hill Road. According to him, nobody was injured. Stay tuned for updates.

8:43 a.m. - via 
@511nyLongIsland: Accident on NY 27 east at ex 48 - Smithtown Ave; Locust Ave (Suffolk)  left lane and shoulder of 3 lanes closed.

8:30 a.m.
The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center will be closed Thursday.

7:55 a.m. -
PSEG-LI is reporting that 66 of its approximately 1.1 million customers are currently without service, with a single outage currently affecting 66 customers in Levittown. Restoration is expected soon.

PSEG added that the possibility of sleet, freezing rain and gusting winds can increase the likelihood of downed wires and resulting power outages. Vehicles striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down.

Customers can report power outages by texting “OUT” to PSEGLI (773454) or by calling PSEG Long Island’s Outage Hotline at 1-800-490-0075.

6 a.m. - All classes at Stony Brook University have been cancelled for Thursday

Wednesday, Feb. 12

10:10 p.m.
There will be two hour delayed openings on Thursday for Brookhaven Town Recreation Centers, the Brookhaven Aquatic Center, and senior centers.

10:04 p.m. -
Huntington Town Hall will have a delayed opening at 10:30 a.m. 

10:03 p.m. -
The Nassau County Aquatic Center and Rifle Range will have a delayed opening Thursday, opening its doors at noon. Also, visiting hours at the Nassau County Correctional facility have been delayed Thursday until 4:00 p.m.

9:35 p.m.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano activated the non-emergency hotline Wednesday night. Residents with non-life threatening emergencies are asked to call 1-888-684-4274.

School Delays And Closures
- Amagansett Schools: Closed
- Amityville School District: Closed
- Adelphi University, Manhattan, Garden City, Suffolk Centers: Closed
- Babylon Schools: Closed
- Baldwin School District: Closed
- Bay Shore Schools: Closed
- Bayport-Blue Point School District: Two hour delay
- Bellmore Schools: Closed
- Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District: Closed
- Bishop McGann-Mercy High School: Closed
- Bridgehampton UFSD: Closed Thursday.
- Center Moriches Schools: Closed and U.P.K. Lottery will take place Feb. 27
- Central Islip Schools: Closed
- Cleary School For the Deaf: Closed
- Cold Spring Harbor Schools: Closed
- Commack Schools: Closed 
- Comsewogue Schools: Closed
- Connetquot Schools: Closed
- Copiague Schools: Closed
- Deer Park Schools: Closed
- East Hampton Schools: Two hour delay. No a.m. or p.m. BOCES today.
- East Islip Schools: Closed
- East Quogue Schools: Closed
- East Meadow Schools: Closed 
- East Rockaway Schools: Closed
- East Williston Schools: Closed
- Eastport- South Manor Schools: Closed
- Elwood Schools: Closed, all AM and PM activities cancelled.
- Emanual Lutheran School: Two hour delay
- Farmingdale Schools: Closed
- Farmingdale State College: All classes and activities cancelled
- Freeport Public Schools: Closed
- Garden City Public Schools: Closed
- Great Neck Schools Closed
- Glen Cove Schools: Closed 
- The Greenport Union Free School District has a two hour delay Thursday.
- Half Hollow Hills Schools: Closed 
- Hampton Bays Schools: Closed
- Harbor Country Day School: Closed
- Harborfields School: Closed
- Hauppauge Schools: Closed
- Hempstead Public Schools: Closed
- Henry Viscardi School: Closed
- Herricks Public School: Closed
- Hicksville Public Schools: Closed 
- Hofstra University: Closed 
- Huntington Schools: Closed 
- IGHL: Day programs closed
- Island Trees Schools: Closed
- Islip Schools: Closed
- Kings Park Schools: Closed 
- Levittown Schools: Closed 
- Lindenhurst Schools: Closed
- Long Beach Public Schools: Closed
- Longwood Schools: Closed
- Long Island University Riverhead: Closed
- Lynbrook Central School District: Closed
- Malverne Schools:  Closed
- Manhasett Schools: Closed
- Massapequa Schools: Closed 
- Middle Country Schools: Closed
- Miller Place Schools: Closed
- Montauk School: Closed
- Mount Sinai Schools: Closed
- Molloy College: Classes start at 12 p.m.
- Nassau Community College: Classes cancelled
- New Suffolk School: Two hour delay
- North Babylon: Closed
- North Merrick Schools: Closed
- North Shore Central School District: Closed
- Northport-East Northport Schools: Closed 
- Our Lady Of Mercy Academy: Closed
- Our Lady of Wisdom Port Jefferson: Closed
- Our Savior New American School: Closed
- Oysterponds Elementary School: Two hour delay
- Patchogue-Medford Schools: Closed
- Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools: Closed 
- Port Jefferson Schools: Closed
- Port Washington Schools: Closed 
- Quogue Elementary School: Two hour delay.
- Remsenburg-Speonk School: Closed
- Riverhead Central School District: Closed
- Rockville Centre Schools: Closed
- Rocky Point Schools: Closed
- Roosevelt Schools: Closed
- Ross School: Closed
- Sachem Central School District: Closed
- Sacred Heart Academy: Closed
- Sagaponack Schools: Closed
- Sag Harbor Schools: Two hour delay, no morning pre-K.
- Saint Isidore School: Two hour delay.
- Saint Mary's School, East Islip: Closed
- Saint Patrick School Smithtown: Closed
- Saint Phillip & James School: Closed
- Sayville Schools: Closed
- Seaford Schools: Closed
- Shelter Island Schools: Closed
- Shoreham-Wading River School District: Closed
- Smithtown Schools: Closed
- South Country Schools: Closed
- South Huntington Schools: Closed
- Southampton Schools: Closed
- Southold Schools: Closed
- South Huntington Schools: Closed 
- Springs Union Schools: Closed
- St. Agnes Cathedral School: Two-hour delay
- St. Anthony's High School: Closed
- St. Dominic High School and Elementary: Closed
- St. Joseph's College Patchoge: 1 p.m. start
- SUNY Empire State College: 1 p.m. start
- Stony Brook University: All classes cancelled 
- Syosset Schools: Closed 
- Three Village Schools: Closed 
- Tuckahoe Schools: Two hour delay
- Valley Stream Central High School District: Closed
- Wantagh Schools: Closed
- West Babylon Schools: Closed
- West Hempstead Schools: Closed
- West Islip Schools: Closed
- Westbury Public Schools: Closed
- Western Suffolk BOCES: Two hour delay
- Westhampton Beach Schools: Elementary school closed. Middle and high schools, two hour delay.
- William Floyd School District: Two hour delay


Anne Hanna February 13, 2014 at 09:39 PM
AOL downsized Patch unfortunately. Insofar as school delays tomorrow Friday February 14, include Levittown School District as we were called.
TTTT February 13, 2014 at 09:51 PM
East Hampton schools have a 2 hour delay Friday, February 14.
BP mom February 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM
Disgusted by our superintendent! Extremely dangerous road conditions, a state of emergency, every school around us closed and yet BBP was open! Very insensitive and irresponsible!!! I'm sorry for all the teachers that had to risk there lives to get in today when most of us responsible parents kept our kids home anyway! Not many fans around here Butera!
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