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Snowstorm Hits South Shore 9 Days After Hurricane Sandy [Video]

Nor'easter brings snow, rain, hail and strong winds to Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook Wednesday, exacerbating post-Sandy conditions.

As Long Island's South Shore continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, a Nor'easter brought high winds, heavy rain, snow and even hail to the area Wednesday.

In Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook, a wintry mix of wet snow and sleet started falling around noon, and the precipitation and winds continued to intensify in the following hours. By Thursday morning, the communities were all blanketed in 6.5 nches of snow.

The power went out again at West Hempstead High School and Middle School during the school day Wednesday but came back on about 10 minutes later. It looks as if the storm may also have knocked out power to several hundred homes in Lynbrook. The Long Island Power Authority had reported Wednesday morning that the number of homes in Lynbrook affected by outages was down to 410 but by 3 p.m. it had risen to more than 1,500. 

For the thousands of other residents who had been waiting in the dark since last Monday for their power to return, including 2,600 in Malverne, 1,600 in West Hempstead and Lakeview, the Nor'easter will most likely delay restoration. LIPA posted a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, explaining:

 "Today’s weather may impede our restoration efforts, because we must also ensure the safety of our workforce. Rest assured that our crews will continue to work as long as, and whenever, it is safe to do so."

As of 3 p.m., utility crews from Wisconsin continued to work in Malverne, saying that compared to the weather they are used to back home, the conditions were not that bad.

And for those who either regained power in recent days or never lost it, LIPA warned customers that "this storm could cause additional damage in our area, resulting in additional power outages." 

The snow and rain was also exacerbating the already dangerous driving conditions in Malverne, Lynbrook and West Hempstead, where traffic signals at busy intersections -- including two on Ocean Avenue, one on Hempstead Turnpike and two on Hempstead Avenue -- have been knocked out for more than a week due to Hurricane Sandy. To make matters worse, the train crossings on Ocean Avenue and Hempstead Avenue in Malverne started malfunctioning just in time for the evening rush hour. The Malverne Police Reserve spent the night controlling traffic near the crossings.

While the Lynbrook School District opted to remain closed Wednesday because of the storm, it was the first day back for many students including those in the West Hempstead and Malverne School Districts. The West Hempstead School District canceled all after-school activities for Nov. 7 and  The Lynbrook School District, Malverne School District, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of Lourdes and HANC also decided to shut down Thursday. 

Stephen Takacs November 07, 2012 at 08:44 PM
If you need help with photos if we get a lot of snow let me know
Melissa Pinto November 07, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Hopefully we don't get a lot of snow time or it to go away now, we don't need it not now.
Marty November 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
A Huge Shout Out of Thanks to the Wisconsin Guys for their help in restoring power yesterday!!!! Hope ALL are now connected, especially given worsening weather conditions!!!!
Stephen Takacs November 07, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The best things to have durning when and if the power goes out is. Portable radio flashed lights and a portable scanner can get a scanner at radio shack
unknownauthor November 08, 2012 at 02:41 AM
The Village of Lynbrook sucks. This snow was predicted days ago. There isn't a single plow out there. Even village hall is snowed in, not that that's surprising. Every time there is snow the village hall parking lot isn't cleared properly for pedestrian traffic between the station and parking lot. Pedestrians are forced onto the street with the cars. Furthermore, the entire layout for pedestrians in between village hall and the station is a joke. There isn't one single crosswalk, except for the synagogue. If this village has a planner, he should be fired.
Anne November 08, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I think Lynbrook does a great job , had major tree work done by them only days ago and have heard the plow go down my street twice already tonite
diann f November 08, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Seems like a lot more than an inch near our house in Lakeview. Trying to upload a pic of snow in street. Doesn't look like plows have been down our streets. Power went out a few times last night but came backon.
Stephen Takacs November 08, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Hearing a lot of transform piping

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