• We’re expecting periods of snow and sleet before 3 p.m. today, then periods of rain, snow, and sleet, with a high temperature near 34 degrees and wind chill values between 15 and 25. We’re expecting periods of rain, snow, and sleet overnight, with a low around 35. Skies will clear on Thursday, with a high near 36 degrees.
• The New York State Education Department announced Monday it will seek a federal waiver of grades 3-8 and high school testing requirements amid the ongoing challenges students and educators statewide are facing related to the coronavirus pandemic, drawing praise from New York State United Teachers. “In a year that has been anything but standardized, it’s the right move to seek this waiver to cancel this spring’s standardized exams,” said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta. Public comments on the proposal are being accepted through Feb. 5.
• Riverhead Town leaders, Congressman Lee Zeldin and environmentalists gathered together in Calverton Monday morning to insist that the U.S. Navy take responsible for the firefighting foam compounds found in private wells near the former Grumman plant at EPCAl. Both the Riverhead Town Water District and the Suffolk County Water Authority have said they would hook up the water if the Navy pays.
• Suffolk County reported 1,419 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Monday, with 7.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 802 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 127 of them in ICU and 24 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported 18 new deaths on Monday, bringing the death toll here to 2,708 people.
• The Southampton Fire Department at 470 Hampton Road will hold a New York Blood Center blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. today. Appointments are recommended, online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will hold public hearings on CPF and open space acquisitions and improvements to the Hampton Bays Water District at its 6 p.m. regular meeting this evening. Here’s the agenda.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:07 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:15 a.m., 7:39 p.m.
Greenport: 8:44 a.m., 9:08 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:27 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:39 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:06 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:13 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:02 a.m., 7:35 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:11 a.m., 5:44 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:47 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:55 a.m., 8:19 p.m.
Greenport: 9:24 a.m., 9:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:10 a.m., 10:43 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:19 a.m., 9:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:46 a.m., 11:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:53 a.m., 11:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:45 a.m., 8:17 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:54 a.m., 6:26 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.