Pictured Above: Tuesday at the vineyards

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today, with a high near 28 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15, with a west wind 14 to 17 miles per hour. We’re expecting partly cloudy skies overnight, with a steady temperature around 25. We’re expecting increasing clouds on Thursday, with a high near 33 but wind chill values between 10 and 20 and a west wind 11 to 16 miles per hour. A snowfall of 1 to 2 inches is expected on Friday, with a high near 33 degrees.

• We’re expecting numerous weather delays this morning, including two-hour delays at most East End schools, due to icy conditions on the roads. Local governments are urging motorists to drive cautiously as the roads are cleared, and to be prepared for later school bus traffic. East Hampton Town offices will also have a two-hour delayed opening.

• The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced earlier this week that it has received a request form the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for a review of storm damage to four of its projects on the South Shore and South Fork, including downtown Montauk, West of Shinnecock Inlet, Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet and Shores Westerly of Fire Island Inlet.  “We’re in the process of examining all of the data from these storms in accordance with federal guidelines,” said Col. Alex Young, commander, USACE, New York District. “We’re committed to working with our partners at the federal, state, and local levels to determine the best path forward for helping to mitigate coastal storm damage for the residents of these communities and throughout the tri-state area.” 

• As the East End faced a one-two punch of coastal flooding overnight Tuesday, Jan. 9 and again on the morning of Saturday, Jan. 13, Southold Town staff began a new project to map areas of frequent flooding in anticipation of a new Coastal Resiliency Action Plan to get underway this year. Read More.

• The Riverhead Town Board will hold numerous public hearings at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening on an unsafe structure at 29 East Second Street, several zoning changes involving outlet center overlay zones, condominium maps, general provisions and site plan review, as well as on increasing Parks and Recreation fees, on seasonal access to shellfishing in East Creek in Jamesport, and on clarifying penalties for dumping of solid waste. Here’s more info on the public hearings, here’s the agenda for the meeting and the meeting can be viewed live here.

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• The Suffolk in Riverhead continues its Blockbuster Movie Series this evening at 7 p.m. with “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” Here’s more info.

• Shelter Island Town is hosting an Emergency Blood Drive tomorrow, Jan. 18 from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Shelter Island Community Center at 1 Bateman Road. For more information or an appointment, call Jennifer at 516.310.2382. Walk-ins are welcome.

• On Sunday, Jan. 28, the North Fork Polar Bears, a winter swim group of more than 130 members and growing, will host its 2nd Annual Splash for CAST – a charitable cold-water plunge open to the public, taking place at 10:30 a.m. at Silver Sands Motel & Beach Bungalows at 1400 Silvermere Road in Greenport. Here’s more info.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

January 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:13 a.m., 2:33 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:21 a.m, 1:41 p.m.
Greenport: 2:50 a.m., 3:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:40 a.m., 4:09 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:45 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:12 a.m., 4:32 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:19 a.m., 4:39 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:25 a.m., 1:43 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:52 a.m.

January 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:15 a.m., 3:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:23 a.m., 2:45 p.m.
Greenport: 3:52 a.m., 4:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:38 a.m., 5:11 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:47 a.m., 4:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:14 a.m., 5:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:21 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:20 a.m., 2:39 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:29 a.m., 12:48 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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