Good Chilly Morning!
• Today will be sunny, with a high near 24 but wind chill values between -5 and 5. It will be blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 miles per hour early decreasing to 9 to 14 miles per hour in the afternoon. We’re expecting snow overnight, mainly after 4 a.m., with new snow accumulation of less than an inch before it turns to rain as the temperature rises Saturday, when we’re expecting a high near 51. Sunday will also be rainy, with a high near 55 degrees.
• If you’re not somewhere safe and warm during this cold snap, Suffolk County is offering help. For temporary housing assistance, you can contact the County’s Temporary Housing Assistance Unit at 631.854.9547. If you receive HEAP benefits and are out of fuel or in need of an emergency burner repair, you can contact the Suffolk County Department of Social Services Home Energy Assistance Program at 631.853.8820. The after-hours emergency number for the heating program is 631.854.9100.
• East Hampton’s East End Community Organic Farm, long the butt of community worries about lingering toxins in the soil, received good news earlier this fall — levels of arsenic have been falling dramatically in recent years to levels below those found in average Long Island soils. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, the North Fork has a couple events tonight that are sure to take you there: The Jamesport Meeting House hosts its annual Carols & Cookies tonight at 6:30 p.m. [$5 suggested donation] and Peconic Landing is hosting a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” and a visit with Santa, along with carols, cider and crafting, tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. [Free]
• Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor will host a concert celebrating Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature tonight, Dec . 16 at 6 p.m. Folk duo Bill and Ben Chaleff will perform Dylan favorites to honor the Nobel Laureate. The concert is free, but donations are accepted. More information is online here.
• The Beacon’s Events Calendar is chock full of ideas for things to do on both forks this weekend and throughout the year. Find out more online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
MTK Hbr: 10:20 a.m., 10:49 p.m.
Orient: 11:21 a.m., 11:50 p.m.
Greenport: 11:49 a.m.
Sag Hbr: 11:44 a.m.
N. Suffolk: 12:45 a.m., 1:11 p.m.
S. JPT: 12:52 a.m., 1:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:34 a.m., 9:12 p.m.
MTK Hbr: 11:14 a.m., 11:45 p.m.
Orient: 12:15 p.m.
Greenport: 12:18 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 12:13 a.m., 12:38 p.m.
N. Suffolk: 1:40 a.m., 2:05 p.m.
S. JPT: 1:47 a.m., 2:12 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:28 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.