Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday on Long Island.A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday as a winter storm capable of producing 5 inches of snow makes its way across Long Island, meteorologists said.The storm came just in time for the morning commute and provided LI with its first significant snow accumulation of the season.While the storm slowed down traffic along some of LI’s busiest roads, it wasn’t being blamed for serious weather-related traffic accidents.Service on the Long Island Rail Road had yet to be disrupted as of 10:30 a.m., with the railroad reporting good service on all its branches.The National Weather Service predicted up to 5 inches of snow in most areas, but noted that snowfall could be heavier in other areas. Temperatures should drop to at or below freezing “allowing for snow accumulations,” the NWS said.Snowfall is expected through the morning and early afternoon before tapering off during the first half of the evening commute, meteorologists said.The storm is also capable of producing sleet or freezing train that could cause slippery and hazardous travel conditions, meteorologists said. Brief bands of moderate to heavy snow could also limit visibility to a half-mile, the NWS said.In response to the storm, Suffolk County will open its emergency operations center at 1 p.m.The county also said the Department of Public Works has been on county roads through the morning, applying salt to roads in an attempt to limit snow accumulation.“Be safe as you travel the roads today,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.The storm should move out by the evening, forecasters said, but temperatures will continue to fall and wind could pick up.Wednesday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 29.Suffolk directed its residents with non-emergency police calls to dial 631-852-2677.
There is a third season beyond that which is known to man.It is a season as vast as space and as empty as a Gatorade cooler after a walk-off dinger. It is the middle ground between the Fall Classic and spring training, between old-school and new-school. This is the dimension of signings. This is … the hot stove season. Oh, and even weirder: Dec. 6 is the anniversary of Burnett signing with the Blue Jays, while Wheeler signed on Dec. 4 with Philadelphia. Burnett left an AL East team for an AL East rival. Wheeler left an NL East team for an NL East rival. Both guys are 6-foot-4. Burnett was drafted by the Mets, Wheeler was drafted by San Francisco — then traded to the Mets. Is your mind blown yet? Have you decided on the red or the blue pill?Burnett and Wheeler comparisons aside, it was a smart signing to bring Wheeler to Philly. GM Matt Klentak did a poor job supplementing the pitching staff last offseason, instead deciding to rebuild the lineup with four big-time acquisitions: Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura. With Joe Girardi at the helm, this team is ready to win now, which means signing Burnett was a no-brainer.I mean, Wheeler. Someone hit the “Twilight Zone” music, because sometimes things in baseball go beyond comprehension, and today we have to consider the following question: is Zack Wheeler just A.J. Burnett reincarnated?MORE: Wheeler shouldn’t be last piece of the Phillies’ offseasonBurnett is alive and well, after all, so maybe not. But after posing the question “Where have I seen Zack Wheeler before?” the answer was clear and convincing.Wheeler is Burnett. Burnett is Wheeler. Finkle is Einhorn. Rosebud was the name of the sled. Maybe there’s some “Space Jam” thing happening here, where Wheeler siphoned Burnett’s talent through a baseball. (“Base Jam,” anyone? Frantically googling “How to sell movie rights.”)The comp isn’t meant to be disrespectful or derogatory; after all, Burnett was a very productive pitcher for a very long time in MLB, even through his inconsistencies. It started with the “eye test.” Anecdotally, there was something satisfyingly maddening in watching both guy’s starts: Wheeler, like Burnett, boasts filthy, wipeout stuff when on. Both guys had stretches where they look like bona-fide aces; both guys also had stretches where they look like they forgot how to pitch. Both guys also dealt with injuries. But beyond the eye test, we have to go to the tangible evidence, and the similarity between numbers through their Age 29 seasons is just eerie:Burnett: 155 games/152 starts, 989 1/3 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 7.9 K/9, 2.09 K:BB, 1.287 WHIP, 13.8 bWAR/18.6 fWARWheeler: 126 games/126 starts, 749 1/3 innings, 3.77 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 8.7 K/9, 2.69 K:BB, 1.294 WHIP, 9.7 bWAR/12.6 fWARConsider this, as well: Burnett signed with the Blue Jays at Age 29 on a five-year, $55 million deal, a bit cheaper than Wheeler’s five-year, $118 million deal. But Burnett was with the Blue Jays for three seasons before opting out, and here are his numbers: 522 2/3 innings, 3.94 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 9.0 K/9, 1.284 WHIP. After opting out, he got himself big money from the Yankees, signing a four-year, $82.5 million deal.RIVERA: Braves are busy, but work shouldn’t be done yetAnd here are Burnett’s age 26 through 28 seasons, before signing with Toronto: 3.61 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 1.247 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 112 ERA+, 332 strikeouts.Note: It’s somewhat incongruous to use those same three seasons for Wheeler considering he missed two seasons because of injury, but for comparison’s sake, here are the last three years for Wheeler before he signed with Philadelphia:3.77 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 1.295 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 98 ERA+, 447 strikeouts.