• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after 10 a.m., with a high temperature near 38 degrees and a north wind 6 to 9 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain this evening, turning to snow after 9 p.m., with a low tonight around 28 degrees, with wind chill values between 15 and 25 and a northwest wind 14 to 23 miles per hour. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 40. There’s a 50 percent chance of snow after 1 p.m. Wednesday, with partly sunny skies and a high near 38, with a major snowfall expected Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with forecasts ranging from several inches to a foot of snow. We’ll have details as the track of the storm becomes more clear.
• New York State is expected to decide today whether to curtail indoor dining at restaurants at areas outside of New York City to curb the coronavirus — indoor dining was shut down in the city as of today. We’ll have more details after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s briefing this morning.
• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced the launch Friday, Dec. 11 of Suffolk BACKSTOP — a new Covid-19 rental and small business assistance program for county residents and business owners facing hardships due to the pandemic, along with a Covid testing program for first responders. Here are more details.
• Suffolk County reported 1,086 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Sunday, with 6.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 452 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 76 of them in ICU. The county reported five new fatalities from the virus Sunday, bringing the death toll here to 2,113 people.
• Compassion has always been the realm of women. These anonymous newspaper editorials are frequently written by men, who must be forgiven for not giving much credence to compassion in the realm of world affairs. Their traditional role has been one of protection and provision — it is a tough and lonely path that many men walk in pursuit of these things for their families. But, more and more, compassion has a role to play on the world’s stage. Read this month’s editorial.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:54 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:02 a.m., 8:29 p.m.
Greenport: 9:31 a.m., 9:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:29 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:26 a.m., 9:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:53 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:14 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:23 a.m., 6:48 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:53 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
Greenport: 10:22 a.m., 10:50 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:20 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:17 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:44 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:51 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:03 a.m., 9:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:12 a.m., 7:40 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.