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UPDATED: 29 Inches of Snow in Commack

Area among the highest in the region for snowfall totals.

UPDATE, 9:38 a.m. - Commack residents on Saturday woke up to some of the highest snowfall totals in region, as a brutal blizzard that created white-out conditions much of Friday left the area under more than two feet of snow.

The National Weather Service reported 29 inches of snow on the ground in Commack, while nearby Smithtown saw 25 inches of snow. However, the windy nature of the storm has left snow drifts that may tower over 3 feet.

Upton saw the most snow, at 30.3 inches, while Huntington also recorded around 29 inches of snow.

According to the weather service, the area will remain in a blizzard watch until noon, though the storm was clearly winding down across the region Saturday morning.

Original Story - Commack raked in about 20 inches of snow as of 2 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The biggest hazard so far during the blizzard has been treacherous road conditions. Suffolk County Police shut down the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway to all non-emergency vehicles around 10 p.m. New York State Police did the same for all State Parkways, including the Southern State, Northern State, Sagtikos/Sunken Meadow, Robert Moses Causeway and Ocean Parkway at 1 a.m. Saturday.

Commack residents are lucky so far when it came to power outages. While a number of residents reported flickering lights Friday evening, only 48 customers were out of power as of 2:30 a.m. Saturday. On Friday, officials from National Grid said that those who lose power will have it restored within 24 hours.

National Grid President John Bruckner said that National Grid will have 1,000 personnel on the ground early Saturday to assess the damage. Critical care customers including hospitals, nursing homes and sewage treatment plants will be attended to first. After that, areas with the most outages will be the focus, and lastly, the parts of the island with the least amount of outages.

Heavy snow is still falling in Commack as of 3 a.m. Saturday, and will continue to do so until about 7 a.m., forecasters predict.

SUFFOLK COUNTY SNOW TOTALS (in inches)

  • MEDFORD 33.5
  • UPTON 30.9
  • CENTRAL ISLIP 30.7
  • COMMACK 29.1
  • HUNTINGTON 29.0
  • EAST SETAUKET 28.5
  • STONY BROOK 28.0
  • YAPHANK 28.0
  • ISLIP AIRPORT 27.8
  • ST. JAMES 27.5
  • SMITHTOWN 27.0
  • HOLBROOK 26.5
  • BAITING HOLLOW 26.0
  • SHOREHAM 26.0
  • MOUNT SINAI 26.0
  • PORT JEFFERSON 25.5
  • SOUND BEACH 24.2
  • NORTH BABYLON 24.0
  • LAKE RONKONKOMA 23.0
  • CENTERPORT 21.5
  • ROCKY POINT 21.0
  • LINDENHURST 20.5
  • DEER PARK 20.0
  • PATCHOGUE 20.0
  • RONKONKOMA 19.5
  • RIVERHEAD 19.4
  • EAST NORTHPORT 19.0
  • BAY SHORE 18.0
  • EASTPORT 16.0
  • SAYVILLE 16.0
  • JAMESPORT 14.0
  • BRIDGEHAMPTON 12.0
  • SHIRLEY 10.3

Source: National Weather Service

Paul L. February 09, 2013 at 02:41 PM
According to Newsday, the official tally is 29.1 inches for Commack
Tess February 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM
can anyone shovel on patricia drive?
R J Teer February 09, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Pat Vecchio was completely absent for Sandy. Nemo prives he is completely ineffectual as a Town Supervisor. Not a single word coming from Smithtown government. Commack got walloped with 29 inches. Roads are treacherous. Where is Vecchio? ??
R.K. February 09, 2013 at 07:11 PM
How are the roads in Commack and side streets at this time, which is 2:00pm, Saturday?
Jim Franks February 09, 2013 at 07:26 PM
We need a truck to shovel on Cornell drive South . We are trapped . Coach Jim
Michael February 09, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Kudos to the management staff at Commack's Outback Steakhouse for recognizing the severity of the storm, instructing employees scheduled to work to NOT come in, and to close the restaurant and send everyone home at 6pm on Friday. Safety of employees was top priority.

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