Suffolk County residents prepared for winter storm Niko, which was predicted to bring the East End between 10-14 inches of snow as of the evening of February 8, and then later predicted to have accumulations as high as 16 inches.
Unfortunately there were reports of accidents, including many people whose cars got stuck in snowbanks or skidded on ice. While the roads are improving, it is recommended that drivers stay extremely cautious, according to News 12.
PSEG reported to LongIsland.com that on February 9, as many as 6,263 customers were without power at one time. Of those without power, 6,103 were in Suffolk County. While snowfall accumulation varied throughout Long Island, most residents experienced between 7-12 inches.
The lowest reported accumulation was in Flanders at only 2 inches of snow, and the highest reported accumulation was in Bohemia, at a whopping 15.5 inches. Southampton reported 6.5 inches while Mattituck reported 11.8.
While there were unfortunate accidents given the conditions of the roads, as well as the high winds and cold temperatures, cancellations of work and school allowed many Long Island residents to stay home and enjoy a snow day.