Blizzard warning set for Patchogue, Medford area

A sprinkling of snow fell in Medford Memorial Park over the weekend, but a "historic" amount could call Monday into Tuesday according to the National Weather Service. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
A sprinkling of snow fell in Medford Memorial Park over the weekend, but a "historic" amount could call Monday into Tuesday according to the National Weather Service. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

A sprinkling of snow fell in Medford Memorial Park over the weekend, but a “historic” amount could fall Monday into Tuesday according to the National Weather Service. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

A blizzard warning is in effect for the Patchogue and Medford area, which the National Weather Service reports could have a “crippling and potentially historic” impact on the region late Monday into Tuesday.

The warning says that light snow is set to begin Monday morning, with accumulations of one to three inches of snow possible by the evening rush hour, reports the warning. The snow is then predicted to pick up in intensity Monday evening, with heaviest snow falling from midnight into Tuesday afternoon.

Snow could accumulate as high as 20 to 30 inches with locally higher amounts possible, reports the weather service. Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 20s.

The MTA is advising those commuting into New York City to work from home if possible.

Patchogue-Medford School District Superintendent Michael Hyne’s Twitter account posted Sunday night that after school activities are expected to be canceled for Monday, and that the district “will let our school community know if school will be canceled on Tuesday as soon as we can.”

Patchogue-Medford Library has not yet announced if the possible blizzard will have an effect on Monday or Tuesday operating hours, and this page will update should that take place.

The blizzard warning is in effect through midnight Tuesday night.

In the meantime, any residents snapping blizzard photos can send them into mjsorrentino@gmail.com for them to be collected for an upcoming community gallery. Photos can also be posted straight to Patchogue-Medford Library’s Facebook Page at or tweeted to @pmlib.

Have news tips? Send them into mjsorrentino@gmail.com. Follow Michael Sorrentino on Twitter @MikeJSorrentino.

Michael Sorrentino now community blogging with Patchogue-Medford Library

Michael Sorrentino at the Banned Books event in front of Patchogue-Medford Library in 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Caskey
Michael Sorrentino reading at the Banned Books event in front of Patchogue-Medford Library in 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Caskey

Michael Sorrentino speaking at the Banned Books event in front of Patchogue-Medford Library in 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Caskey

Patchogue-Medford Library generously asked me to return to writing about Patchogue and Medford, and I was so excited about it that I jumped straight in without actually introducing myself.

I’m Michael Sorrentino, and I’m a writer who grew up in the Patchogue-Medford School District (Class of 2005). I started news writing as an intern at The Long Island Advance, and in 2010 joined Patch to be the founding editor of the Patchogue Patch website.

I spent four fantastic years covering Patchogue and Medford on Patchogue Patch, as well as the Medford, NY Patch and Sachem Patch, where I got to run all over the place getting deeply involved in community happenings while trying to get everything about them onto the Internet.

I’ve since moved on to the New York Daily News, joining the publication’s website as a Politics/Copy Editor in March 2014.

While my full time work may have left Patchogue, I personally have not.

I’ve been following as many of the local issues regarding parking, businesses opening and closing as well as ongoing events in the area. What is different this time though, is that I’ll be focusing on both the community as well as the perspective of the Patchogue-Medford Library.

Michael Sorrentino at the Banned Books event in front of Patchogue-Medford Library in 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Caskey

Michael Sorrentino at the Banned Books event in front of Patchogue-Medford Library in 2013. Photo Credit: Jennifer Caskey

And that’s a perfect fit: I’m obsessed with the library. Nearly any piece of literature, movie, music and even video games are available at the library by finding it or quickly reserving the item on the website for pick up.

The library has also been a community office for me: I’ve typed up stories, scanned documents and used the printer constantly.

And it’s free, without a subscription payment.

So in addition to community news, I’ll also be contributing tips and tricks for making the most out of Patchogue-Medford Library.

In the meantime if you want to send me news tips, feel free at mjsorrentino@gmail.com. I can also be found on Twitter @MikeJSorrentino.

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