More than 2 feet of snow blankets parts of blizzard-battered Long Island

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LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (PIX11) -- The first significant winter storm of the year is especially brutal on Long Island, where strong winds whipped and heavy snow continued to fall Tuesday morning.

Snow totals in Islip exceeded 20 inches, according to a 10 a.m. update from the National Weather Service, and more snow is expected to fall.

Mattituck in Suffolk County received 24.8 inches of snow, the agency said.

A blizzard warning remains in effect for Suffolk County through midnight Tuesday, the weather agency said. That same warning was downgraded to a winter storm warning for New York City and its suburbs, New Jersey and parts of southwestern Connecticut.

The heaviest snowfall will continue on Long Island until about noon before it starts to taper off. As much as 36 inches of snow are possible by the time the storm is finished.

Commuters should expect street-cleaning efforts to take longer to complete on Long Island than in other parts of the area, PIX11 traffic anchor Kaitlin Monte said.

Suffolk County was the last to have its travel ban lifted, though residents are urged to stay home because driving conditions are still treacherous, county executive Steve Bellone said.