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"Winter Storm Warning" ...Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... * locations...Suffolk County on Long Island. * Hazard types...heavy snow...strong winds...and blowing and drifting snow. * Accumulations...snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches. * Winds...north 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Temperatures...in the lower 30s. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Timing...snow will be heavy at times this morning into the early afternoon...then gradually taper off late this afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of strong winds and heavy wet snow will bring down tree limbs and power lines. Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations. Near blizzard conditions are expected...especially out on The Forks and on Fishers Island. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight...food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. , "Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 am this morning to 1 PM EST this afternoon... ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 10 PM this evening to 1 am EST Tuesday... * locations...coastal locations along the North Shore of Nassau and northwestern Suffolk. * Tidal departures...2 to 2 1/2 feet above astronomical tides. * Timing...minor coastal flooding expected for this morning and tonight/S high tide cycles. * Coastal flood impacts...flooding of the most vulnerable shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide or wave splashover. Majority of roads remain passable. There is no significant threat to life and any impact on property is minimal. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...L.I. Sound water levels for this morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1034 am.......10.0-10.5..........minor... Glen Cove NY........1048 am........9.8-10.4..........minor... Old Field NY........1050 am........9.1-9.6...........minor.... ...L.I. Sound water levels for tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1102 PM........9.6-10.0..........minor.... Glen Cove NY........1117 PM........9.6-10.1..........minor.... Old Field NY........1118 PM........9.1-9.5...........minor.... -- Monday Feb.08 16,09:12 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

A Fun Start to the Summer: The Best Kid-Friendly Beaches to Visit this Week

Family & Parenting, Sports & Recreation, Seasonal & Current Events

With many students having half days or full days off, hit the beach before the summer rush and enjoy these beaches that offer more than ...

Children across Long Island will be wrapping up the school year this week, and many will have half days and days off.  Make the most out of their time off and kick-start your summer with an outing to one of the Island’s best child-friendly beaches.  These are the beaches that have something to keep everyone occupied, including playgrounds and picnic areas.  They are also convenient, and some offer changing facilities or are close to restaurants or beach huts to grab food when the kids get hungry. Be sure to check out our checklist for packing your beach bag before you go, and don’t forget that sunscreen!  Here is a sampling of some of the best beaches in Nassau County and Suffolk County for kids:

Suffolk County

Hither Hills State Park
Hither Hills State Park in Montauk has a beach, picnic areas with barbecues, and a beachside campground for families to enjoy for an afternoon trip after school lets out.  Hither Hills will also be hosting its 2014 Sand Castle Contest on Thursday, June 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., but if your kids are still in school, you can partake in this contest any Thursday until August 28.   There are prizes in several categories, so you never know if you might win that week.  Your little athletic ones can also enjoy a game of catch on the softball field, or a bit of volleyball on the beach’s volleyball courts.  In case you run out of sunscreen or forget the snacks, there is a general store on premises with food, toys, and beach essentials.

Sunken Meadow State Park
After school, take the kids to Sunken Meadow’s 3/4 mile-long boardwalk, where they can run, bike, and rollerblade while looking at the calm waves of the Long Island Sound.  Sunken Meadow, located in Kings Park, is an ideal location for a family picnic on a half day, and is in fact one of the largest picnic parks on the island.  The beach also has a playground and fishing for some run-around or one-to-one time.

Cedar Beach
If your kids are off of school one day this week, get them up early and pack the fishing rods and bait to teach the kids how to fish off of the nearby fishing pier at this Mount Sinai beach, or let the kids loose on the playground located right on the beach.  If the sun becomes too much for the little ones, take them on a stroll down the paved walkway through the woods to the nature center, which is free for visitors and offers touch tanks and other hands-on exhibits.

Nassau County:

Jones Beach
This week, families can get a head start on swimming and sunbathing at Jones Beach before the summer rush fully sets in.  At Jones Beach, families can park at Field 6, which has the shortest walk from a parking field to the water.  Parents can pack kites to fly, or just bring the kids to the playground, which is lighted so they can play into the evening.  Field 6 fills up quickly on the weekends, so be sure to arrive early to get a parking spot. For families with small children, head to Zach’s Bay for calmer waters that are still watched over by lifeguards.

Nickerson Beach Park
Are your kids not necessarily “beach people,” but they like to go out and enjoy the sun?  Nickerson Beach in Lido Beach is one of the largest beaches for families to enjoy, with 155 acres of recreational land, and a half-mile-long beachfront, and it also includes a “Fun Zone” with a playground, basketball courts, and a skate park with seven ramps of varying difficulty.  There are also two soccer fields, a baseball field, and six beach volleyball courts.

Charles E. Ransom Beach
Pack up your buckets and shovels and make some sand castles on Charles E. Ransom Beach in Bayville.  This beach overlooks the Long Island Sound, and the short waves make it a great choice for parents with small children.  If the kids are tired of the water, they can enjoy the nearby playground.  Make sure you keep the sand at the beach and take advantage of the outdoor showers before you go.

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