NEW YORK (WPIX)—The Long Island Rail Road resumed normal service Monday afternoon after commuters faced major travel problems this morning and over the weekend when a blizzard hit the area.
The LIRR says there are scattered delays in both directions on the Babylon and Ronkonkoma branches. However, service has been restored between Ronkonkoma to Greenport, a section of track that has been shutdown since Sunday morning.
In order to ensure regular service, the LIRR is sending out antifreeze trains and said the flame heaters are on.
Those looking to travel to Penn Station Monday morning on the Ronkonkoma branch were met with delays of up to 40 minutes.
"It's a sheet of ice, you can't really walk...and there's no parking," a frustrated commuter told PIX News.
On Sunday, nearly 150 people were stranded on a Ronkonkoma bound train for more than five hours, due to a combination of snow drifts, icing, traffic problems and equipment failures.
The train left Penn Station at 2:53 a.m., and passengers didn't make their final destination until more than five hours later, said Railroad spokeswoman Susan McGowan.
On Saturday, when the inclement weather hit, service was temporarily suspended in both directions from Penn Station to Babylon.
The major winter storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow across Long Island on Sunday - breaking decades-old snowfall records.
Emergency officials urged drivers to stay off eastern Long Island roads, where a record 26.3 inches of snow had fallen by Sunday at the National Weather Service's facility in Upton. The old record was reportedly 23 inches in 1978.
Nearly 25 inches of snow fell in Holtsville, 24 in Bridgehampton and 23.9 in Islip. 10.9 inches of snow was reported in Central Park.
Despite the large amounts of snow, no serious injuries were reported on Long Island. Officials said many cars were left abandoned on the side of the roads, but most of the accidents they had to contend with were minor fender benders.
Salt trucks and plows were out in full force on Monday ensuring safe conditions for drivers. However, officials warn back ice will remain a safety risk for drivers at night when the temperatures get colder.