• By the time you read this, all sign of last night’s snowstorm have been washed away by the rain, but the National Weather Service doesn’t get off that easy. They provided local snowfall totals yesterday evening that told the true tale of the surprise rush hour snowstorm that gripped the region. At 9 p.m., a trained spotter in Orient reported 3.5 inches of snow on the ground. The National Weather Service office in Upton reported 4.6 inches of snow at 7 p.m., while an FAA observer at Islip MacArthur Airport reported 4.3 inches at 7 p.m. All washed away by the overnight rain.
• Heavy winds last night knocked over the steeple of the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Greenport. Please use caution when traveling. We are under a coastal flood advisory until 8 a.m., with tides expected to be about 3 feet above normal in vulnerable locations near the Peconic Bay, and some coastal areas already inundated with 1 to 2 feet of water with this morning’s high tide. Here are today’s high tide times:
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:28 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:36 a.m., 3:52 p.m.
Greenport: 5:05 a.m., 5:21 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:32 a.m., 5:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5 a.m., 5:16 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:27 a.m., 6:43 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:34 a.m., 6:50 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:08 a.m., 3:19 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:17 a.m., 1:28 p.m.
• We’re expecting rain to taper off after 10 a.m., with gradually clearing skies, a steady temperature around 46 degrees and a northwest wind 24 to 29 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 32. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 49, and Sunday will be cloudy, with a high near 45.
• What’s your definition of middle class? The Homestead columnist Michael Daly reflects this month on what being middle class means in a rich man’s town.
• Join The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation for a free lecture on how you can help cold stunned sea turtles at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge tomorrow, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. More details are online here.
• The Jamesport Meeting House will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a community resource with a film event created by video artist Cliff Baldwin tomorrow, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. More details are online here.
• The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, in collaboration with the East End Mental Health Awareness Initiative, will co-sponsor a program titled “Mental Health Matters” on Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall. More details are online here.
• There’s plenty to do on the East End this weekend, and in the weeks ahead. Get the details in our Events Calendar.
The high tides on the East End for tomorrow as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:22 a.m., 5:36 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:30 a.m., 4:44 p.m.
Greenport: 5:59 a.m., 6:13 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:25 a.m., 6:47 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:54 a.m., 6:08 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:21 a.m., 7:35 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:28 a.m., 7:42 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:59 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:08 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.