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ROOSEVELT, NY (CBS New York) — The CBS2 First Alert weather team is tracking a possible winter storm for the weekend.
Long Island residents are bracing for what could be a lot of snow.
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CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Thursday from Roosevelt, where homeowners were ready with snow shovels and melting ice. By noon, the winds had begun to whip, as concerns grew. People bundled up, wondering if this potential storm will be random.
Many have made a run to the market for essentials.
“Do you stock up on groceries?” McLogan asked.
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“Yeah, ahead of time because you never know what’s going on,” Mineola’s Richard Alvarez said. “It’s always better to be prepared.
Be prepared for high winds which could cause outages. For those who live along the coast, the boats are out of the water. There could be moderate flooding.
Homeowners sealed exposed water lines and removed hoses from outside faucets to prevent pipes from bursting. Shovels and ice melt are ready.
“Let’s think about getting ready, getting ready, getting smart and being safe. These are the key things we need to remember for this weekend, with the metro area’s first significant snowfall of 2022,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Donald Clavin. “We say to residents: get ready now. We are preparing, we are now, to drive the 1,200 miles of road here in the town of Hempstead.
Hempstead – the largest township in the United States – was preparing equipment before the storm and readying response vehicles.
“We put the plows on the trucks, we put salt in the back, we fill them with gasoline. We grass all of our extra gear, in case any trees fall,” Clavin said.
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There is a request from those who salt, sand and plow: avoid parking on the street if possible and drive in the storm only in an emergency.
“Whenever there’s a snowstorm, I come in for regular weekly shopping, and it’s packed,” said Levittown resident Anne Turkovich. “Who knows, right? I hope it’s not bad and everyone is safe. And if it’s a weekend, maybe that means fewer people on the road, fewer people traveling and going to work.
The Long Island Rail Road plans to pre-treat tracks and salt at stations.
“I own a scrap business. So we just want to make sure that the yards are ready for that. We have the salt,” said Freeport business owner Peter O’Donovan.
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“I love the snow. The snow is awesome. I live in an apartment building so I don’t have to shovel,” Forest Hills resident Leo Bakman said.
Some snow lovers said they headed to New England on their skis.
“I’m just waiting for the snow. I think it’s exciting for kids, not for adults as much. So it should be fun,” Garden City resident Keiran Gallogy said.
“It was very cold, however. The winter has been very cold,” said Elmont resident Golden Okoko.
“Are you looking forward to snow?” McLogan asked.
“No no. I don’t like snow. I want to go to Miami, to be honest,” Okoko said.
“I have to be in Merrick at 9 am to open my store on Saturday morning. So it might be a bit difficult,” said Merrick store owner Carol Sobczak. “We will get there though.”
Animal welfare officials remind pet owners to please bring them indoors.
New York City is also preparing
It was quiet Thursday night and will likely stay that way through Friday night, but the Big Apple doesn’t want to be caught off guard before the weekend.
The Sanitation Department has 280,000 tons of salt. The spreaders are filled and ready to go out as soon as deemed necessary, CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported.
Its new brine began pre-treating Midtown bike lanes Thursday night.
A snow alert has been issued for Friday from 4 p.m. It will remain in effect from Saturday to Sunday morning. A snow alert is the ministry’s top-level winter weather message. This means that sanitation will coordinate with the departments of transportation and emergency management on snow removal protocols.
The waste collection trucks will also be ready to start plowing as soon as 2 inches have fallen.
Be sure to stick to CBS2, CBS News New York, and CBSNewYork.com for the latest weather forecasts and alerts.
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CBS2’s Ali Bauman contributed to this report.
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