The official snow totals for this region from the National Weather Service are 15.5 inches in East Setauket and 13.1 inches in Stony Brook. And that fell on top of snow from previous storms that hadn't finished melting.
What's a Three Villager to do? Dig out, of course. Not much else you can do, especially for guys like John Ryan, a 16-year resident of East Setauket. Ryan lives on Old Town Road and on Thursday evening, he estimated he'd spend close to two hours shoveling not only his driveway but also the massive blockade of snow which built up in front of his driveway after plows came through several times.
"We're usually pretty tired at the end of it, but it's either here or on the road," he said. "I guess it's better this way."
He got some shoveling help from his son Sean, a Gelinas Junior High student who otherwise spent most of his snow day inside.
"I kind of just slept a lot," Sean Ryan said.
Some residents reported slippery roads early in the day. Others, like Bill Rohr, found roads like Stony Brook Road treacherous even into the evening.
"The town used to do a great job with street clearing but this year they have done a less than adequate job," said Rohr, who had to take the day off from work to shovel his and his parents' homes. "I realize it's a difficult job the plow operators have, with long hours and precarious conditions, but this winter they seem to really be cutting corners."
Many Starbucks regulars still showed up for their faithful cup. But not every store fared as well and many small businesses – nail salons, dry cleaners, boutiques – didn't even open.
"You lose a whole day. Yesterday we lost half our business, today was half our business," said Dave Patel, owner of in East Setauket.
Patel, who lives in Ronkonkoma, opened his store an hour and a half late on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. The roads weren't terrible and the shopping center parking lot for his store was clear, he said, but business was slower than usual.
"I think we're getting used to it," he said. "They're saying more for next week."