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Nor'easter Ice, Snow Shut LIE

Police shut down exit 40 as nor'easter ices the area.

Police shut down exit 40 on the Long Island Expressway for three hours Wednesday night as ice and snow created hazardous driving conditions.

Watch live traffic conditions on the Patch Traffic map.

Nassau County Police closed ramps at exit 40 of the LIE in Jericho as conditions deteriorated in the nor'easter snow. Police initially could not confirm when the ramps would reopen, but said it would depend on how quickly plows and sand trucks would be able to clear the area of ice and snow.

According to the Patch Traffic map, the closures were expected to clear at about 8 p.m. The map showed severe delays reaching back as far as Maspeth in Queens in the westbound lanes.

At 10:30 p.m., police reported that all lanes had been cleared.

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Nor'easter consequences were felt nearby in Plainview as police reported lane closures on the Northern State Parkway at exit 37. The Patch Traffic map said the closures were due to a fallen tree and would also be cleared by 8 p.m.

The nor'easter that hits Long Island just 10 days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the area has already closed state parks and will reportedly bring along dangerously high winds.

Jason Molinet November 08, 2012 at 01:17 PM
LIE reopened at 10:30 p.m.

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