Storm Dumps Close to 11 Inches of Snow on Five Towns

Oceanside reports 11 inches, while JFK gets 6 inches of snow in Hercules.

Written by Henry Powderly

Five Towns saw as much as 11 inches of snow from Winter Storm Hercules, according to the National Weather Service, though drifts can be much higher.

Neighboring Oceanside reported 11 inches of snow on the ground, while nearby South Valley Stream reported 7.5 inches. JFK Airport is under 6.6 inches of snow. North Merrick received 8.5 inches of snow.

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Mike Silva, meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Upton, said the storm held no surprises.

"This pretty much panned out exactly as we expected," he said. "We expected six to 10 inches of snow, with maybe a little bit higher out east. Some places managed to touch a foot."

Winds, however, weren't quite as fierce as initially predicted, but were starting to pick up Friday morning, with "very dangerous" temperatures across Long Island. With the wind chill factor, some areas felt as though it were minus 11 degrees, with a range of minus three to minus eight.

Temperatures are not expected to rise higher than the upper teens for most of Long Island Friday.

Two last bands of snow are slated to continue moving across Long Island Friday morning, one in Suffolk County and one over northern Nassau; another inch or two of snow will fall by 1 p.m., when the white stuff should disappear from the area completely.

Here are the latest snowfall accumulations, according to the NWS:

  • OCEANSIDE – 11.0
  • MASSAPEQUA – 10.1
  • PLAINVIEW – 10.0
  • HICKSVILLE – 8.9 
  • BAYVILLE – 7.3
  • NEW HYDE PARK – 7.0
  • LEVITTOWN – 6.2
  • BELLMORE – 5.5


  • BAY SHORE– 11.5 
  • EASTPORT – 11.0 
  • SOUND BEACH – 9.5 
  • UPTON – 8.5
  • STONY BROOK – 8.0
  • CENTERPORT – 7.2
  • ORIENT – 7.2
  • HOLBROOK – 6.5
Chuck Anziulewicz January 03, 2014 at 10:09 AM
"Hercules?" What gives you the impression this snow storm has a name? Since when have snow events EVER had names? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given to them by the appropriate government agency. Snow storms do NOT have names. The National Weather Service (NWS) hasn't named the snow, nor has the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Neither the NWS, NOAA, nor anyone I know is referring to this storm as "Hercules." Oh, WAIT A MINUTE. You must be referring to The Weather Channel. Yes, in what can only be described as a shameless, pretentious publicity stunt, they have taken it upon themselves to start naming every snow event that comes along, and in the process they have become a bit of a laughingstock. Who knows? Maybe this summer, when things have started quieting down, they'll start naming HEAT WAVES! We are experiencing a snow storm, not "Hercules." Please stop pandering to The Weather Channel's sense of self-importance.


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