Before the Storm
Before the Storm

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 30 degrees but wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees due to the north wind, which will pick up this evening and shift to the northeast after midnight, when the first snowflakes of the blizzard begin to fall. The snow is expected to end about 7 a.m. Sunday, followed by gradual clearing but continued north wind gusting as high as 33 miles per hour Sunday afternoon.

• About the blizzard: As of 6:54 a.m. today, we are under a blizzard warning, which means we have 12 to 18 hours left before it begins. The National Weather Service’s most recent experimental snow accumulation maps put the most likely snowfall total for most of the East End at 7 inches, with western and southwestern Southampton Town receiving about 8 inches. We’re expecting steady winds out of the northeast at 20 to 30 miles per hour, with gusts to 50 mph and higher along the coast throughout the course of the storm. In addition to a blizzard warning, a coastal flood warning is now in effect, with tides expected to be 3 to 4 feet above normal Saturday evening.You can find frequently updated information about the storm on the Beacon here.

• The Jamesport-South Jamesport Civic Association meeting originally scheduled for tomorrow morning at the Jamesport Meeting House has been rescheduled for next Saturday, Jan. 30 at 9:30 a.m. at the Meeting House, due to the impending snowstorm.

• Peconic Landing’s job fair scheduled for tomorrow morning has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• We’re compiling a list of cancellations online here, and we’ve also set up a Twitter feed here where you can share pictures and information about the storm.

• Public Radio International ran a great piece last week about the Shinnecock Nation’s program to keep its language alive. Have a listen online here.

• Our coverage of last night’s League of Women Voters debate for the special election for Southampton Town Board will be online later today.

• Stay safe out there this weekend! Send us pictures of the winter wonderland!

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

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