Eastern Long Island was the part of New York that suffered the worst of Winter Storm Juno's wrath. Forecasters predicted a possible 36 inches would drop, and while the five boroughs might have gotten off lightly with nearly 10 inches -- a comparative dusting -- parts of Eastern Long Island were slammed with as much as 28 inches.
In anticipation of the first blizzard of 2015, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed down the Long Island Expressway at 11 p.m. Monday, the route most Long Islanders use to get to work. While the LIE is normally jam-packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic during the morning commute, the storm had something else in mind. Instead of hoards of cars and frustrated commuters, the LIE was blanketed with untouched milky white snow that stretched for miles.
It didn’t last for long. By 7:30 a.m., Cuomo lifted the driving ban. The Long Island Rail Road didn’t fare as well, and continued service suspensions and delays -- but most Long Islanders know to expect that from the LIRR.
Generally the heat and lights remained on, so when Long Islanders arose Tuesday morning with no job to scurry off to, the main task for thousands was removing the snow left in Juno’s wake.
Some dogs, like Romeo, a pit bull from Selden, found it hard to navigate in the snow.
But other breeds, like Siberian Huskies, were right at home.
Molli the bulldog made a new friend in Holbrook.
For kids, it was the perfect time to build a snowman.
And babies, like 9-month-old Mia, got to see snow for the first time.
Christina Rubino of Deer Park proved she knows what it is to be young at heart and jumped a powdery pile of snow.
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