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Coastal Flood Statement issued September 21 at 6:55AM EDT until September 21 at 5:00PM EDT by NWS Upton NY * WHAT...For the Coastal Flood Statements, up to 0.5 to 1 foot of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline. Localized minor coastal flooding. * WHERE...Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau and Northwestern Suffolk Counties. * WHEN...For the first Coastal Flood Statement, from 1 PM to 5 PM EDT this afternoon. For the second Coastal Flood Statement, 2 PM to 6 PM EDT on Tuesday. * IMPACTS...Minor flooding is expected in the more vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Some roads and low lying properties including parking lots, parks, lawns, and homes and businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience minor flooding.

What Commuters Can Expect This Evening as Snowfall Continues

The National Weather Service has advised that people avoid driving this evening, and to only go out in case of emergency, as heavy snow and freezing temperatures will make for dangerous travel conditions.

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The Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow will remain in effect until 7 p.m., which means that commuters will still be met with snow on their way home this evening.  The National Weather Service predicts lighter snow for tonight, but they still advise people to exercise caution into this evening, as many roadways still remain covered in snow.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s, so drivers will also have to worry about icy road conditions, as well as a drop in visibility to one quarter to one half mile at times. To see the status of the roads near you, take a look at our Long Island Traffic Cameras.

The National Weather Service adds that a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means that travel is especially dangerous, and that travel should be limited to the case of an emergency.  It is advised that drivers who must travel should pack a flashlight, food, and water in their vehicle in case of emergency.

Fortunately for riders on the Long Island Rail Road, the LIRR continues to operate with weather-related delays on only a few branches.

On the other hand, Long Island buses are having much more trouble navigating through the snowy roads. Bus riders in Suffolk County can expect limited service into Port Jefferson Village, Sienna Village, and parts of Ronkonkoma.  Those who use Nassau County NICE Buses will experience major delays as well as possible detours through late Monday evening.

Although the Winter Storm Warning is only in effect until 7 PM this evening, the Hazardous Weather Outlook and Special Weather Statement are still in effect until further notice. Additionally, a new Winter Storm Watch will go into effect on Wednesday morning at 12 AM, and will stay in effect until 6 PM that evening. Although Tuesday looks like it will be mostly clear, the roads may still be icy, and things are sure to get even more slippery out theere on Wednesday, when we'll be getting hit yet again with a wintery mix.

To find the most recent weather information, visit the Weather Center, where you can find the latest weather forecasts, advisories, and more.

[Source: National Weather Service]

Photo via the MTA's Official Flickr Page.

The video below was taken on the Sunken Meadow Parkway around 6PM. Although the roadway appears to be mostly clear, snow is still falling, and drivers should take caution, as there may be icy patches.