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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. -- Sunday Feb.07 16,04:24 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

Islip Teen Bitten by King Snake

Pets & Animal, Local News, Crime

This comes just a week after a Yaphank man was bitten by a baby alligator.

An Islip teen was bitten by a King Snake on Wednesday. The snake was found by the teen’s mother while she was cleaning the pool, and when the 16-year-old went to grab the snake he was bitten.
 
King Snakes are not venomous, however their bites can be very painful and if not treated can lead to an infection.
 
Last week, a man in Yaphank was bitten by a baby alligator near his back yard. The alligator is believed to have been abandoned.
 
Due to these recent incidents, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is taking the opportunity to remind citizens to be cautious when finding reptiles.
 
It is important to remember not to try to touch or handle a reptile that you find. Call the SPCA, the Department of Environmental Conservation or any other professionals that are equipped to handle wild animals and bring them to the proper sanctuary.
 
“We had 20 alligators last year plus other reptiles. It's  a crime to abandon reptiles & animals,” SPCA Chief Roy Gross stated.
 
The SPCA also provides amnesty days on occasion for any illegal animals, including alligators. On amnesty days, owners can drop off pets without fearing any fines.
 
Anyone who owns a unwanted reptile or any other unwanted animal should contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722; New York State Department of Conservation 631-444-0250; or the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at 516-825-3950.
 
Possessing an alligator or any illegal reptile can lead to a fine of $250. Abandoning an animal is a misdemeanor that can lead to jail time.
 

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