Before the Storm
Before the Storm

Good Morning!

• We are under a blizzard warning this morning, and as you are waking up and reading this, the snow has already begun to fall. We’re expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow by the time it tapers off this evening, with blizzard conditions and wind gusts of 30 to 50 miles per hour. We’re expecting dangerously cold temperatures overnight tonight, with wind chills of -5 to -15 degrees early Friday and wind chills of -15 to -25 Friday night into Saturday morning. The daytime high Friday will be around 13 degrees. There is a coastal flood advisory in effect at times of high tide across the East End from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. 

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

Dec. 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:41 a.m., 10:10 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:49 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
Greenport: 10:18 a.m., 10:47 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:16 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:13 a.m., 10:42 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:40 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:47 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:04 a.m., 7:38 p.m.

Dec. 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:35 a.m., 11:05 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:43 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Greenport: 11:12 a.m., 11:42 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:08 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:07 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:09 a.m., 12:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:16 a.m., 12:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:56 a.m., 8:33 p.m.

• All East End schools are closed today.

• The Southampton Town Board has cancelled its work session for today, and all Southampton Town facilities are closed.

• East Hampton Town facilities are also closed today and tonight’s East Hampton Town Board meeting has been cancelled.

• All Southold Town facilities are closed today. Southold will open two emergency shelters, at the Peconic Lane Community Center at 1170 Peconic Lane and, for adults with special non-medical needs, at the Human Resource Center at 750 Pacific Avenue in Mattituck, at 9 a.m. today. 

• Shelter Island Town facilities are expecting to have a delayed opening at noon. We will update this post if that changes.

• Riverhead Town is collecting garbage one hour early today and is urging residents to keep their vehicles off the streets so that snow plows can clear the roads. All town facilities are closed today. Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith is urging anyone who sees someone without shelter who needs help to call the town police non-emergency number at 631.727.4500.

• Don’t forget to clear the snow away from fire hydrants near your house and look out for your neighbors during and after this storm. We will have updates online throughout the day. In the meantime, stay safe!

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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