Good Morning!

• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high temperature near 34 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 17. We’re expecting increasing clouds on Tuesday, with a high near 37. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

• The top snowfall Saturday was reported at 25 inches by a citizen observer in Orient at 8 a.m. Sunday. 24.7 inches were reported by an official National Weather Observer at MacArthur Airport in Islip at 7 p.m. Saturday. 19.3 inches were reported by a member of the public in Remsenburg-Speonk at 3:20 p.m. Saturday. A trained spotter in Mattituck reported 18 inches of snow at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, while a trained spotter in Orient also reported 18 inches at 12:30 p.m. Read More.

Suffolk County reported 463 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, Jan. 29, with 5.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 507 people hospitalized with the virus, with 81 of them in ICU. The county reported 14 new fatalities, bringing the death toll here to 4,204 people since March of 2020.

• The Hampton Bays Public Library at 52 Ponquogue Avenue hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

• The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s annual HarborFrost returns on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. along Sag Harbor’s waterfront. This winter celebration highlights two extreme elements — fire and ice, featuring live ice carving, ice sculptures along Main Street, a ZIMA theatrical scavenger hunt with the Neo-Political Cowgirls, an outdoor dance party at Steinbeck Park with DJ Twilo, and fire dancers on the beach, capped by Grucci Fireworks over the harbor. Read More.

• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s Light the Winter Night trail walk, originally scheduled for this past Saturday during the blizzard, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12. Sign up here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

Jan. 31
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:42 a.m., 9:05 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:50 a.m., 8:13 p.m.
Greenport: 9:19 a.m., 9:42 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:17 a.m., 10:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:14 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:41 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:48 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:01 a.m., 8:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:10 a.m., 6:38 p.m.

Feb. 1
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:33 a.m., 9:57 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:41 a.m., 9:05 p.m.
Greenport: 10:10 a.m., 10:34 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:10 a.m., 11:40 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:05 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:32 a.m., 11:56 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:39 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:51 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7 a.m., 7:29 p.m.

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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