Before the Plow
Before the Plow

Good Morning!

• Schools across the East End remain closed today, and some town offices are remaining closed or operating on a delayed opening. Southampton Town facilities will open at noon. East Hampton Town facilities will be closed. We’re waiting for confirmation on office closures in other towns.

• Snow totals reported by the National Weather Service as of the end of yesterday’s blizzard are as follows: 29 inches in Southampton, 30 inches in Orient, 26.9 inches in Mattituck, 24 inches in Hampton Bays, 22 inches in Flanders, Baiting Hollow and Eastport, 20.3 inches in Noyac, 16.5 inches in Jamesport and 17.1 inches at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In comparison, in the blizzard of Feb. 8, 2013, the National Weather Service office at BNL received 30.9 inches of snow and during the blizzard of Feb. 6, 1978, nearly two feet of snow fell across much of Long Island (there was already more than a foot of snow on the ground from a storm two weeks prior).

• The following auto ferry departures on the Cross Sound Ferry have been cancelled today: Orient departures at 7:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and New London Departures at 6 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Casino connections will be accommodated on the 9:15 a.m. auto ferry from Orient.

• There will be no morning rush hour service on the Long Island Rail Road today between Montauk and Speonk or Greenport and Ronkonkoma due to continued snow removal operations, but other LIRR service is running on a normal weekday schedule.

• The Hampton Jitney is expecting to restore full service today after shutting down service yesterday. Visit for the latest updates.

One of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge's owls demonstrates the proper use of newsprint during a storm.
One of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s owls demonstrates the proper use of newsprint during a storm.

• If you have some time and a shovel, the North Fork Animal Welfare League’s shelter in Peconic needs your help this morning shoveling out the kennels. They will have hot tea and coffee for volunteers beginning at 8 a.m.

• Over at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, all the animals faired well in the storm — some of the grounded birds and smaller ones were crated overnight, but everyone is back in their enclosures now and watching this crazy snowy world.

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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