Snowstorm Stalls 25A

Motorists struggle along Fort Salonga Road in Northport Friday as blizzard picks up steam.

Motorists found Fort Salonga Road in Northport all but impassable during the Friday evening rush as conditions deteriorated quickly once the blizzard bearing down on Long Island picked up intensity.

Vehicles spun out and stalled trying to go uphill westbound on 25A near Glibert St. The roadway was sloppy but passable for much of the day. But by 4 p.m. 25A was transformed into a parking lot. 

Despite the struggles of several motorists, Northport Police said all roads were open.

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Jason Molinet February 09, 2013 at 02:43 AM
While 25A is bad, the rest of Suffolk is worse. Suffolk Police confirm LIE and Sunrise Highway are closed to non-emergency vehicles in Suffolk.
Tim Lemke February 09, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Great video capturing the mess. I live out of the area but am curious as to how everyone is faring up there.
Jason Molinet February 09, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I'm buried up to my stoop door -- a first for me -- so it'll be a while before I can survey Northport.
Taylor Stuart Herman February 09, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Thanks for taking that video, Jason. I was the guy in orange helping out the stuck motorists. It ended up being a three hour ordeal with at least 50 cars having to be moved. Couple of them got tied to the hitch of my tahoe. That part was kinda fun! Two of the accidents, the drivers both just agreed to drive away (I think), as there was definitely no exchange of insurance, etc. Re police assistance, there wasn't much they could do, as some cars/trucks could make it up. You can't close down a road when it's not impassable to all. So, I learned a valuable lesson from hurricane Sandy: The best thing one person can do is, if possible, help out another human being in need (well, my mother also taught us that since we were little). We Long-Islander's, especially us Northporter's have come together a lot in my 33 years living in this town. People offered money and hugs, etc...but it's just not about that. I asked for them to simply pay it forward. That's what was special about what you caught on camera. -Taylor Stuart Herman
Jason Molinet February 09, 2013 at 03:03 PM
@Taylor You were awesome. I was very impressed that you took the time to try to help so many stalled, frozen and frustrated motorists. Real act of kindness on a day when patience was thin.
Carole M February 10, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Thank goodness for people like you! Your mother taught you well! My son lives in Northport - left Syosset at 3 p.m and finally arrived home at 8 p.m but after seeing that video I am oh so grateful that he was able to get home safely. Five hrs to go 11 miles...yikes! Not sure how he got through. I am a former Long Islander - 40 years down there. New England handles things differently - a little more proactive. Schools and businesses closed before the storm hit and it makes all the difference. I get to actually enjoy the snowfall! Thoughts and prayers for everyone impacted. Tough year for Long Island!! People like you make it easier. Thanks again!
Taylor Stuart Herman February 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
@Carole M: For what other main purpose do we have on this earth than to help another human being in need? We cannot always depend on the police and fire dept to help out, as they are sometimes swamped. I would encourage more young people like myself to do things like I did in my twenties: Volunteered at Church (teaching) every Saturday for 7 years. Volunteered for military during wartime and volunteer tutored throughout college. I ask for no kudos. I don't ever want a pat on the back for something that I felt I was just supposed to do. (And, at times maybe I got a little overwhelmed : } ). But, if there was one thing I would love to see, it is a lot of people, doing a little volunteering.


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