• Today will be mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 14 degrees and areas of blowing snow, with a west wind 29 to 31 miles per hour, gusting to 48. Wind chill values will be between -5 and -10. We’re expecting patchy blowing snow overnight, with a low around 4. Saturday will be sunny and cold, with a high near 15 but wind chill values between -10 and -20. Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 23.
• Snowfall totals for Calverton stood at 11 inches at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, according to a National Weather Service co-op observer, and at 13.6 inches at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mattituck, according to a NWS-trained spotter. A member of the public reported 14.5 inches in Eastport to the National Weather Service at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Twelve inches were reported by the National Weather Service itself at its Upton office at 7 p.m. Thursday.
• School districts throughout the East End and all Southampton Town facilities are closed today.
• East Hampton and Southold Town offices are operating on a two-hour delay this morning. The normal morning session of Southold Town’s Justice Court is expected to be moved until 1 p.m. today due to the weather, although inclement weather could close the court for the day. Call the court at 631.765.1852 for more information or for a new date if necessary.
• National Grid is reminding Long Islanders who have natural gas heat to clear snow from around their gas vents to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into your house. Carbon monoxide is a danger with any heating source, especially when our houses are sealed up tightly in winter. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working as we go into this deep freeze!
• The ball has dropped, the empty bottles of bubbly are piled high in the recycling bin and you’re staring down an onerous list of resolutions you know you’ll break before month’s end. Think beyond changing yourself and think outside — as in your garden. Susan Tito’s Gardenwise column this month will help you come up with new ideas for a new garden when we finally thaw out here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
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.
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:30 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:38 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
Greenport: 12:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:45 a.m., 1:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:04 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:11 a.m., 1:36 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:51 a.m., 9:32 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.