Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon EST today... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey. * Hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...this morning. * Wind chill...15 to 24 degrees below zero. * Winds...northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. * Impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills this morning... * temperatures this morning range from near zero to 10 degrees below during this time...coupled with strong...gusty winds...are expected to produce life threatening wind chills as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures today will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Sunday Feb.14 16,09:24 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News


Income Tax Filing Deadline Is Here, Get Extra Time to File!

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If you haven't filed your income taxes yet and don't think you can meet the April 15 deadline, here's what you need to know!

If you haven’t looked at the calendar yet, today’s the deadline to file income taxes!

For those of you who have filed, you probably received your tax refund, or it should be coming soon. For those of you who are freaking out, and can’t believe April 15 has arrived, don’t worry just yet – you can get extra time to file.

The IRS estimates there will be about 12 million taxpayers who don’t make the deadline, and instead request for extra time to file.

Requesting an extension with the IRS gives taxpayers an extra 6 months to file, or the deadline of October 15. A request for tax-filing extension can be done with Form 4868. An extension does not mean you get extra time to pay taxes owed, but rather extra time to file your tax return paperwork.

When you file Form 4868 through the Free File link on, you must estimate your tax liability and pay any amount due. The process is completed in a matter of minutes with payment on taxes owed accepted using a debit or credit card, by inputting your bank routing number and account number or by check or money order in the mail (postmarked April 15). Your accountant or paid tax preparer may also request for an extension for you.

By filing for an extension, you avoid heavy penalties. There’s a 5 percent charge per month on unpaid taxes owed (maximum penalty capped at 25 percent) and interest, which is currently 3 percent. Everything begins to accrue on April 16.

Keep in mind that when filing Form 4868, if you miscalculate the amount of tax owed, there’s still going to be penalties and fees for what’s due, but the penalty will be .5 percent instead of the hefty 5 percent for not filing at all.

For those of you who haven’t filed your income tax return yet, don’t procrastinate any further – at least file for an extension and estimate payment for taxes owed, if any.

[Source: IRS]

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