• We’re expecting increasing clouds today, with a high temperature near 31 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. We’re expecting increasing clouds overnight, with a steady temperature around 27. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m., with a high near 36. Overnight Friday is when the weather is expected to get interesting as we go into a Winter Storm Watch. Snowfall begins Friday night and is expected to continue throughout the day Saturday. We’re expecting between 8 and 14 inches of snow by the time it’s all through. The low Friday night will be about 17 degrees, and Saturday is expected to be blustery, with a high near 25 degrees and a north wind 17 to 22 miles per hour, gusting as high as 45. Snow is expected to taper off overnight Saturday, with sunny skies and a high near 27 in the forecast for Sunday.
• The truth when it comes to climate change is that talk is a form of action. We are all observing the weather changing around us, whether we simply make mental note of it or even if we change the channel when we see extreme weather on television. But when we don’t talk with our friends and neighbors, we’re depriving all of us of the web of connections that are so vital now. Read Our February editorial.
• Suffolk County reported 1,377 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 25, with 11.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 687 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 96 of them in ICU. The county reported 12 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,158 people since March of 2020.
• The Southampton Town Board will discuss gas leaf blowers, an update on the Bridgehampton and Sagaponack Erosion Control Districts, a proposed trail license agreement on Deerfield Road in Water Mill, Covid-19 and the town’s 2022 borrowing plan at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.
• The Flanders Fire Department & FRNCA will host a New York Blood Center blood drive on Sunday, Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Flanders Men’s Club, at 1018 Flanders Road. Blood banks are in dire need of blood as the pandemic has made it difficult to schedule blood drives. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.
• The first large-class mission of the European Space Agency’s “Cosmic Visions” program, the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE), will launch in 2022 for a journey to Jupiter and its icy moons, and the Hamptons Observatory is holding a Zoom session Feb. 9 to discuss the project with the scientists involved. Learn More.
Today’s high tides on the East End are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:59 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:07 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Greenport: 6:36 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:20 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:31 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:58 a.m., 8:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:05 a.m., 8:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5 a.m., 5:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:09 a.m., 3:40 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.