As snow started to fall in the Westhampton Beach area on Friday at 3 p.m. Mayor Conrad Teller officially declared a state of emergency, effective at 4 p.m.
The state of emergency allows the village to recoup money from the federal and state governments for any damage and clean-up related to the storm. It also provides additional authority for snow removal efforts.
Rebecca Molinaro, village clerk, said the village is urging motorists to stay off the roads so sanding and plowing can be done as effectively as possible.
Westhampton Beach's state of emergency comes as the Town of Southampton also declared an emergency, stating that under the emergency order "residents should be advised that cars must not be parked in the roadways, and only emergency travel is permitted."
The Village of Quogue is expected to also declare a state of emergency and Quogue police said the village's highway department is already on high alert.
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