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"Winter Storm Warning" ...Winter Storm Warning in effect from 3 am to 6 PM EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow...which is in effect from 3 am to 6 PM EST Monday. * Locations...Suffolk County. * Hazard types...heavy snow and wind. * Accumulations...snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. * Winds...northeast 15 to 25 mph with 30 to 35 mph gusts. * Temperatures...in the lower 30s. * Visibilities...one quarter to one half mile at times. * Timing...snow develops late tonight...and then the heaviest snow will fall from the Monday morning commute through Monday afternoon. * Impacts...the combination of strong winds and a 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. Blowing and drifting of snow with near blizzard conditions are expected due to strong winds. 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 in effect from 10 am to 1 PM EST Monday... ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 10 PM Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 10 am to 1 PM EST Monday. A coastal Flood Advisory has also been issued from 10 PM Monday 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 Monday morning and night 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 Monday 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 Monday night... Coastal............time of......forecast total.....Flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.......category.. ...................................(Mllw).................... Kings Point NY......1102 PM.......10.0-10.5..........minor.... Glen Cove NY........1117 PM........9.6-10.1..........minor.... Old Field NY........1118 PM........9.2-9.7...........minor.... -- Sunday Feb.07 16,06:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Suffolk Legislator Looks to “Beet” Winter’s Ice and Snow

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Legislator Hahn introduces bill to study the effectiveness of beet juice as ice melt.

Hauppauge, NY - February 12th, 2014 -  As Long Island gears up for another winter storm, Suffolk County is set to begin consideration of a bill that will study the feasibility of using beet-based brines to help keep the road clear.  The bill introduced by Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), if adopted, will give the Department of Public Works up to 90 days to analyze the costs associated with using beet brine on County roadways, the availability of sufficient supply and the impacts associated with changing treatments to the environmentally friendly beet brine alternative.

Beet juice treatments are made from sugar beets and lower the freezing temperature of water.  The beet juice can be added to either salt/calcium chloride mixtures to melt snow once it has begun to accumulate, or brine in advance of wintery weather to prevent surface icing.  The additive’s use may also prove to be both financially beneficial and safer for the environmentally as it can reduce the amount of other caustic materials required to melt ice and snow from roadways.  

“This winter’s polar vortex induced bitter cold has forced us to abandon the old paradigm that temperatures on Long Island rarely fall below the temperature at which traditional treatments work,” said Legislator Kara Hahn.  “For the most part, traditional salt brines are largely ineffective below 20 degrees. However, a beet brine will work at temperatures as low 25 below zero and is safer for the environment.  At the very least, the potential of this alternative should be investigated.”

Introduction Resolution 1153-2014, the bill Directing the Department of Public Works to study the feasibility of using beet-based brines for treating roadways during winter storms will be up for consideration at the Legislature Public Works, Transportation and Energy committee on Monday, February 24th and may be considered by the full Legislature at its March 4, 2014 meeting in Hauppauge.

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