Good Morning!

Update 10 a.m.: Southold and East Hampton town offices will be closed today due to the snowstorm.

• We’re expecting snow today, mainly before 11 a.m., with a high temperature around 35 degrees, with wind chill values between 15 and 25 and a north-northwest wind increasing to 15 to 20 miles per hour throughout the day. We saw overnight accumulations between 3 and 4 inches on the East End, and are expecting another 3 to 7 inches today. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 19. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 33. Showers are likely after 2 p.m. Sunday, with increasing clouds and a high near 43 degrees.

• Due to the snowstorm and potential for difficult travel conditions, there will be a two-hour delayed opening of all Southold, Southampton, Riverhead and East Hampton Town facilities this morning. Greenport Village Hall will open at 10:30 a.m. School districts throughout the region are closed today.

• Suffolk County reported 6,977 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 5, with 27.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 910 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 118 of them in ICU. The county reported 16 new fatalities, bringing the death toll here to 3,877 people since March of 2020. Overall hospital capacity was at 21 percent, with 677 available beds in hospitals throughout the county, with 23 percent of ICU beds available (72 beds).

• According to the latest data from the CDC, the Omicron variant made up 98 percent of the cases of Covid-19 recorded in the federal region that includes New York and New Jersey, up from 88.3 percent in the week ending Dec. 25.

• East End YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard), a group that is working to encourage community housing throughout the East End, is hosting a Zoom forum this Sunday at 3 p.m. to share advice about bringing up housing issues at local government meetings. Here’s how to register.

• The Parrish Art Museum’s Film Screening of “Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible,” which was scheduled to be held Friday evening, will instead be held Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Details are online at

• If you missed the Hamptons Doc Fest in December, the festival has uploaded some of its most uplifting conversations to YouTube, including conversations with female East End business owners, youth and the director of the environmental film “After Antarctica.” Check out their YouTube channel.

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

Jan. 7
Plum Gut Harbor: 1 a.m., 1:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:08 a.m., 12:29 p.m.
Greenport: 1:37 a.m., 1:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:34 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:32 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:59 a.m., 3:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:06 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:21 a.m., 12:38 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:47 a.m., 11:24 p.m.

Jan. 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:57 a.m., 2:17 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:05 a.m., 1:25 p.m.
Greenport: 2:34 a.m., 2:54 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:28 a.m., 3:52 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:29 a.m., 2:49 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:56 a.m., 4:16 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:03 a.m., 4:23 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:15 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:38 a.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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