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"Blizzard Warning" ...Blizzard Warning remains in effect until midnight EST Tuesday night... * locations...New Haven...Middlesex...New London and southern Fairfield counties in Connecticut. Hudson...eastern Bergen... eastern Essex and eastern Union counties in New Jersey. Southern Westchester...New York (Manhattan)...Bronx...Richmond (staten island)...Kings (Brooklyn)...Suffolk...Queens and Nassau counties in New York. * Hazard types...heavy snow and blowing snow...with blizzard conditions. * Accumulations...20 to 30 inches with locally higher amounts... especially across Long Island and Connecticut. * Snowfall rates...2 to 4 inches per hour overnight into Tuesday morning. * Winds...north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Gusts up to 70 mph possible across extreme eastern Long Island. * Visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times. * Temperatures...lower to mid 20s. * Timing...snow will be heavy at times through Tuesday. The heaviest snow and strongest winds will be overnight into Tuesday morning. * Impacts...life-threatening conditions and extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds...with whiteout conditions. Many roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities will lead to whiteout conditions...making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel... have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded...stay with your vehicle. All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon...to allow people already on the Road to safely reach their destinations before the heavy snow begins...and to allow snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads. , "Coastal Flood Warning" ...Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect from 3 am to 7 am EST Tuesday... * locations...the New York coasts of the western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...most likely 2 1/2 to 3 ft above the astronomical tide...with a worst case of 3 1/2 ft. * Timing...3 to 7 am late tonight into early Tuesday morning. * Beach erosion impacts...3 to 5 ft waves and high storm tide may cause beach erosion along the north facing shorelines open to the Long Island Sound. A few exposed Waterfront structures may be damaged. * Coastal flooding impacts...flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or adjacent properties due to height of storm tide and/or wave action. Vulnerable shore Road closures may be needed. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Warning means that flooding is expected or occurring. Coastal residents in the warned area should be alert for rising water...and take appropriate action to protect life and property. ...Most likely western l.I. Sound water levels for late tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ....................................(mllw)................... Kings Point NY......455 am........10.2-10.8.......moderate... Glen Cove NY........445 am........10.6-11.2.......moderate... , "Special Weather Statement" ...Heavy snow will impact Bronx...eastern Putnam...Fairfield...Kings (Brooklyn)...Middlesex...Nassau...New Haven...New London...Queens... Suffolk and Westchester counties... At 943 PM EST...National Weather Service Doppler radar was tracking multiple bands of heavy snow working west from Suffolk County and southeastern Connecticut. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are expected with the snow. Travel is not recommended A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for the area. Ds -- Monday Jan.26 15,10:48 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

What Your Library Can Do For You: Back to School Library Resources

Family & Parenting, School & Education, Top Ten on Long Island

With the internet at our fingertips, we sometimes forget that your public library can do so much for you! Be sure to check out what ...

Part of what we pay in taxes goes to our public libraries. Many Long Islanders probably voted recently for their library budget. When you pay your taxes and vote for the library budget, you are guaranteeing various resources for the community.

With eBooks and other online resources, some may feel that libraries are almost obsolete. Luckily, libraries have advanced and are adapting to the new technology that have taken over our lives.

Now that school is starting this week all over the island, it is key to keep in mind that the library has a lot to offer for your kids. 

  • Library Programs: Recently, one of the best aspects of libraries are their programs that they offer for kids. They range from educational and art classes. The best part about most, if not all, of the programs are free! You can go to your local library, but your kids can sign-up for event at any library on the island. There are restrictions and priority is generally given to local residence. A plus is that there are adult programs available as well.
  • Taking Out Books: Libraries still do what they do best. They have all the recent best sellers and old classics that can be taken out. Kids may be picky about what books they want to read. Instead of purchasing a book or eBook your kid does not want to finish, your kid can be as picky as they want at the public library because no money is exchanged.
  • Taking Out eBooks: Libraries have advanced and you can now take out books through your eBook reader. Availability may vary by library. 
  • Taking Out Movies: Libraries have all the recent DVD and Blu-Ray available to be taken out. Additionally, some libraries make films available online and through your smartdevices.
  • Databases: When your kid is writing a research paper, they should not be Googling. They need to use databases. These are very useful and important to all students in school. Databases are websites filled with scholarly articles and reliable research information.
  • Reference Section: To piggyback the idea of databases, the reference section of the library contains similar information that can be found in databases. Although limited to what databases can offer, the reference section has physical books and journals. The best part of going into a library's reference section is what reference section's librarians who specialize in helping with the research process. 
  • Borrowing Electronics: Can't afford an eReader or tablet, some libraries have begun offering devices that be borrowed through the library. Some restrictions apply, check out your library for details.
  • Free Music: Libraries also have CDs available to borrow, but some libraries have subscriptions to services that allow weekly or monthly downloads of free music.

What is your favorite library amenity? Tell us in the comments below!

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