Ron LeeMar 13, 2018, 12:58 pmMar 13, 2018, 7:16 pm

Some motorists brave slippery roads as 3rd nor’easter in 2 weeks makes landfall

Suffolk officials urge residents to drive with caution if they need to venture outside


COMMACK — With the third nor'easter in less than two weeks already dumping a significant amount of snow across Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged residents on Tuesday morning to stay indoors.

"If you can stay home, stay home. If you have to go out on the roads, exercise extreme caution,” Bellone said Tuesday morning. But despite the plea from Executive Bellone, some drivers did venture out. One pharmacist was among those out whom FiOS1 News encountered on the road.

"Without me, no one can get their medicine," said Tracey Martorana of Lynbrook who drove in risky conditions to reach a Shop Rite in Commack.

“They need to slow down. It is snowing, and we're not in a race like the Indianapolis 500," said Brentwood resident Diane Reeves-Knight.

"Switching lanes. There were a lot of people kind of losing control for a minute," Martorana said.

Bellone said Suffolk County has 120 vehicles already on the road to deal with snow removal. He added that the county has access to 100 more, if necessary. And while spring is technically just a week away, Bellone said the county isn't pinching pennies when it comes to taking on this latest March storm.

"That's not what you normally expect, so we're definitely taking a hit on the budget. But at the end of the day, public safety is paramount,” Bellone said. “If you need to move and shift money around, that's what you do because you have to make sure those roads are clear and people are safe."

County Executive Bellone added that one of the best parts about having a March storm is that higher temperatures could mean less accumulation and faster melting.

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