• We’re expecting increasing clouds throughout the day today, with a high near 34 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20 due to this stubborn northwest wind, that’s kicking up at between 9 and 15 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 20, and the wind speed is expected to calm down to the single digits. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 33, and we’re expecting increasing clouds Friday, with a high also around 33.
• This winter storm named “Jonas” expected to hit us Friday night into Saturday is currently projected by the National Weather Service to drop 1 to 3 inches of snow on the East End, but there is still some uncertainty in the projected accumulation. Some other models, including The Weather Channel, place that figure at 3 to 5 inches here. NWS is still anticipating just a 70 percent chance of snow here, as many models currently show the storm tracking across the mid-Atlantic states. We are expecting heavy winds and the potential for coastal flooding with this storm (it will hit one night before the full moon), howver, and we will be watching it closely.
• Naturalists on the North Fork have been working since 2009 to put together a network of trails linking the Peconic Bay to Long Island Sound, connecting several hundred acres of land owned by Southold Town, Suffolk County and Greenport Village. The project is expected to take a major step forward this week. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• It’s rare to see a play that flows as easily as an evening in front of the television set, and while that may be a strange thing to say when reviewing a local theater production, it’s the first thing that comes to mind after seeing “Dead Accounts” at the Hampton Theatre Company this weekend. By the second night, this production was humming like a finely tuned refrigerator filled with pizza, Graeter’s ice cream and Skyline Chili. Weekend two begins tomorrow night. The Beacon’s full review is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will host four public hearings on proposed zoning changes at their 7 p.m. meeting tonight, including changes to definitions of retirement communities, and to the allowed hours of operation of retail businesses in hamlet centers, village center and rural corridor districts (prohibited between midnight and 5 a.m., in an effort to limit all-night convenience stores). The full text notices of the public hearings are online here.
• The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center is hosting a talk with renowned shark researcher Greg Metzger, who has spent the last 13 years interacting with sharks in our local Long Island waters, this Saturday at their Bridgehampton headquarters. More information is online here.
• Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard will give talks on the State of Greenport Village and Southold Town next Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. at Peconic Landing in Greenport. More information is online here.
• Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead officially inked the deal to become a part of the Northwell Health hospital network (Formerly North Shore-LIJ) in a ceremony yesterday morning. They’ve prepared a video explaining the changes afoot, including advanced cardiac services, online here:
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.