Blizzard Closing

The Library will close at 1pm Monday for the safety of our Community. We plan to reopen Wednesday at 1pm, but that could change depending on parking lot/road conditions and electricity.

Blizzard warning set for Patchogue, Medford area (Update: Village issues emergency advisory, schools closed Tuesday)

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

Update 1:09 p.m.: Patchogue Village Mayor Paul Pontieri has issued an emergency advisory directing all businesses to close at 9 p.m. Monday except for “essential healthcare related services.”

Village Trustee Joseph Keyes told Patchogue-Medford Library Monday that roads have been pre-salted and residents are being urged to move their cars off the road immediately.

“You got to keep the roads open and clear for not only our vehicles but emergency vehicles,” Keyes said.

Residents can move their cars to Patchogue Village’s parking lots, and the new meters are not in effect during the snow emergency. Cars that are not removed will be towed to make way for the snow plows, Keyes said.

Monday’s Patchogue Village Board of Trustees meeting at Patchogue Village Hall, 14 Baker St., is still scheduled for 6 p.m.

Patchogue Village’s Facebook Page has also posted a list of snow tips.

Patchogue-Medford School District is dismissing students early Monday and has announced that classes are canceled Tuesday.

The district’s website says there is no afternoon testing at the high school, and buses from morning testing will leave at 11:30 a.m. Middle and Elementary Schools are closing two hours early at 12:39 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. Afternoon Pre-K, after school child care services and afternoon BOCES are canceled. Regents exams will be re-taken in June, says the website.

Patchogue-Medford Library has announced it is closed 1 p.m. Tuesday and plans to re-open Wednesday at 1 p.m. pending road/parking lot conditions as well as electricity.

Earlier story below:

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 or tweeted to @pmlib.

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

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