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Blizzard Blankets Hauppauge In Heavy Snow

Reported snowfall nears 14 inches as storm begins to taper off

Hauppauge and other towns across Long Island have been blanketed in over a foot of snow as the first blizzard of 2010-2011 winter began.

The National Weather Service has reports of snowfalls measuring 13.9 inches in nearby East Northport by a trained spotter and 14 inches at their station in Long Island's MacArthur airport as of 7:30 a.m. Exact measurements for Hauppauge were not available, but little to no further accumulation is predicted.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until midnight as blowing and drifting snow from high winds are expected to limit visibility on local roadways. The National Weather Service's nearest weather station in Islip clocked wind gusts of 29 mile per hour from the north as of 11 a.m. 

LIPA is reporting a few small power outages of less than 5 homes each in Hauppauge off Village Lane and Ledgewood drive. A larger outage of 5-50 clients was reported near the intersection of Simeon Wood Road and Expressway Drive North.

For those who dared to travel were forced onto local roadways as Long Island Rail Road's passenger service remains suspended through 11 a.m. On LIRR's website, they attributed difficulty getting online to wind gusts, drifting snow and a number of stranded vehicles left on LIRR tracks.

LIRR officials were urging residents to stay home and not travel at this time.

 Despite roadway conditions, Suffolk County Police spokeswoman said there were no major traffic incidents or fatalities on Sunday.

Editor's Note: This story was last updated at 1:11 p.m. on Dec. 27. Patch will continue to provide updates as further information becomes available.

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