Large stretch of LIE closed Sunday for snow removal

Posted at 6:34 PM, Feb 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-15 12:02:34-05

SUFFOLK COUNTY, LONG ISLAND (PIX11)–  Accumulated snow has left much of the Long Island Expressway impassible, causing its closure Sunday from Exit 57 to Exit 73, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Officials are closing the 26-mile stretch from 7:00 a.m. until 9 p.m. in an effort to clear the drifts that stranded motorists Friday evening.  It was initially thought that the LIE could reopen by 5 p.m., but that deadline had to be pushed back.

“This is bad. It’s like a one two-punch.”

The Nesconset fire chief describes a scene that looks like an apocalypse of sorts.

Over 42 cars got stuck on highway 347 in Suffolk County after the snow just came down too fast for them to get home during the evening commute

He goes on to say, “Some people reportedly were out here since six pm and stayed in their cars overnight.”

Big trucks were called in to get to the vehicles, those still inside were rescued some treated for early stages of hypothermia.

Although plows were out, they just couldn’t keep ahead of the storm.

The quicker the snow fell, the more and more cars got stuck overnight into the early morning.

By daybreak Suffolk County was slammed with 30 inches of snow.

No matter where you looked someone was stuck — car after car after car, and we were no exception our PIX11 news live truck stuck overnight.

A plow driver also trapped saying “this is a bad snow, very wet. Usually I can plow my building but not today.”

As the snow came to a stop people ventured out, trudging through waist deep snow to clean up.

Without four wheel drive getting around in a car was nearly impossible.

Even those who had four wheel drive found commuting extremely difficult.