Winter Storm Hercules, which is slowly winding down, has dumped more than 7 inches of snow on Long Beach since the white stuff began falling Thursday evening.
According to the Weather Channel, an estimated 7.7
inches have fallen over the past 24 hours. There's a slight chance of
more snow before noon Friday, with areas of blowing snow during the afternoon.
According to Mike Silva, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Upton, the storm held no surprises.
pretty much panned out exactly as we expected," he said. "We expected
six to 10 inches of snow, with maybe a little bit higher out east. Some
places managed to touch a foot."
Winds, however, weren't quite as fierce as initially predicted, but were starting to pick up Friday morning, with "very dangerous" temperatures across Long Island. With the wind chill factor, some areas felt as though it were minus 11 degrees, with a range of minus three to minus eight.
Temperatures are not expected to rise higher than the upper teens for most of Long Island Friday. It's currently 14 degrees in Long Beach with wind chill values as low as -5.
Two last bands of snow are slated to continue
moving across Long Island Friday morning, one in Suffolk County and one
over northern Nassau; another inch or two of snow will fall by 1 p.m.,
when the white stuff should disappear from the area completely.
Here are the latest snowfall accumulations, according to the NWS:
New Hyde Park: 7.0 inches
North Merrick: 8.5 inches
Bellmore: 5.5 inches
Massapequa: 10.1 inches
North Massapequa: 7.5 inches
Oceanside: 11.0 inches
Levittown: 6.2 inchesWe hope you'll share your photos of the storm, the roads, picturesque landscapes and snow angels with Patch. Email them to email@example.com, or post them at our Snapshots blog.