Pictured Above: This year was another big success for New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele’s annual United States Marine Corps Reserve Tots for Tots program. On Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, Assemblyman Thiele welcomed United States Marines Sergeant Marcus Santana and Corporal Jhonathan Florez as they picked up boxes full of toys donated by our constituents.

Good Morning!

• We’re under a winter storm watch from 2 p.m. this afternoon until 1 p.m. Thursday, with heavy snow possible, mostly overnight, with a total of 3 to 10 inches possible and winds of up to 50 miles per hour. The wind will be out of the east at 8 to 15 miles per hour today, with a high near 37 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20. We’re expecting snow to begin this afternoon, then change to snow and sleet between 1 and 4 a.m., then rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet after 4 a.m. Thursday, with a northeast wind 21 to 26 miles per hour, increasing to 28 to 33 mph after midnight, with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour. We’re expecting rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet before 1 p.m. Thursday, then a slight chance of snow between 1 and 4 p.m., with the temperature falling to around 31 by 5 p.m., with wind chill values between 20 and 25. The wind Thursday will be out of the north at 21 to 31 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 43. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

• Suffolk County Police Chief Scott Cameron is warning drivers that much of the worst of the weather, including the heavy winds, will occur during the evening rush hour Wednesday and the morning rush hour on Thursday, and urged residents to leave work early this afternoon or telecommute if possible. Any snow accumulation will likely be very wet and heavy, he added, urging residents with health conditions to seek assistance clearing out their driveways and walkways.

• At least 50 employees of Peconic Bay Medical Center have signed up to receive Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, with the first doses administered Tuesday, just one day after the vaccine was first administered in the United States at another Northwell Health-affiliated hospital in Queens. Long Island is expected to receive 26,500 doses in the first round of the vaccine, which are being reserved for front line health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

• In anticipation of the inclement weather, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Covid-19 testing sites at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays and at the Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall will close at noon today, Dec. 16. The East Hampton High School Testing Site and the Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall sites will also be closed on Thursday, Dec. 17. The Red Creek Park site is not open on Thursdays. Patients with appointments at all three sites will be contacted and rescheduled.

Suffolk County reported 1,171 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Tuesday, with 6.6 percent of people tested testing positive for the virus. There are currently 487 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 78 of them in ICU. The county reported 14 new casualties from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,012 people.

• One obvious flaw in our existing health care structure is that it ties medical benefits directly to one’s employment. Our columnist Dave Davis discusses what can be done to fix this perennially pernicious problem in this month’s Dave’s Desk@Ditch.

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

December 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:37 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:45 a.m., 10:15 p.m.
Greenport: 11:14 a.m., 11:44 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:11 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:09 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:12 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:19 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:53 a.m., 10:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:02 a.m., 8:33 p.m.

December 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:30 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:38 a.m., 11:09 p.m.
Greenport: 12:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:45 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:06 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:13 a.m., 1:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:45 a.m., 11:19 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:54 a.m., 9:28 p.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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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