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Winter storm slams Long Island with over a foot of snow

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A winter storm dropped more than 23 inches of snow on Long Island Friday night into Saturday, leaving local residents with a Sunday filled with digging out or playing in the snow. The National Weather Service said that the storm produced the second-highest daily snowfall on record for Long Island, with MacArthur Airport in Islip measuring 23.2 inches of snow at the end of the storm.

The storm canceled most weekend activities, such as shows at the Argyle Theatre and Studio Theatre at Bayway in East Islip. On Saturday, MacArthur airport was closed and some flights were canceled at the airport on Sunday. In Brightwaters, on Sunday and Monday, families were out and about on the ponds skating and playing ice hockey.  On Monday, the Bay Shore School District had a two-hour delay.

Despite the lack of expected new snowfall in the next few days, authorities warned of hazards such as black ice on the roads due to melting snow freezing at night when the temperatures drop. In addition, it is important to keep sidewalks and fire hydrants clear of snow to help those on the street and the fire department in case of an emergency.

Coming up this weekend, temperatures will be frigid, according to the Weather Channel, with highs in the low 30s. Friday will be a bit warmer, around 40 degrees, but will be a wet one with rain all day.

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