• There’s a 30 percent chance of rain today, mainly after 3 p.m., but otherwise it will be cloudy, with a high near 44 degrees and a southwest wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting rain to turn to snow overnight, with a low around 27 and new accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible. There’s a 30 percent chance of snow early Friday, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 31.
• After months of uncertainty about the future of the New Suffolk School, school board members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to set a public referendum on sending students in the tiny elementary school to another district. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Progressive East End Reformers has been holding bi-weekly candidate forums with the six candidates running for the Democratic nomination to run for Congress this year, and our coverage of their Jan. 23 forum with Suffolk County Legislator Kate Browning and Elaine DiMasi, a longtime Brookhaven Lab physicist, is online here.
• The Southampton Town Board will hold a special meeting this morning at 10 a.m. to approve a variety of resolutions, followed by a 10:30 a.m. work session in which they will discuss a proposal for an aquatic recreation facility at Red Creek Park and a request for proposals regarding tiger salamanders in Riverside. Their full agenda is online here.
• Riverhead High School’s Cooking Club and ceramics class have teamed up once again for the second annual Empty Soup Bowls event to benefit the Phillips Avenue Elementary School Food Pantry. It will be held at the high school this evening, Feb. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. More details are online here.
• The Montauk Observatory will hold a lecture titled “Albert Einstein: Rock Star!” this evening at 6 p.m. at the East Hampton Middle School on Newtown Lane. All are welcome to attend. More details are online here.
• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on the town’s 2018 Community Preservation Fund Management & Stewardship Plan, the CPF acquisition of the lands of Black Whale Inc. and the Montauk Fire District contract at their 6:30 p.m. meeting this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.
• The Southold Town Board will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. to address several matters that require immediate attention that were on the agenda for the board’s Jan. 30 meeting, which was cancelled due to snow. Those matters include approval of the town audit, a beach cleanup parking permit waiver request from the Surfrider Foundation at 67 Steps Beach and labor matters regarding employment of a particular person (in executive session).
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:05 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:13 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Greenport: 10:42 a.m., 11:07 p.m.11:33 a.m., 11:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:41 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:37 a.m., 11:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:11 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:29 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:56 a.m., 11:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:04 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
Greenport: 11:33 a.m., 11:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:11 a.m., 12:32 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:28 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:29 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:36 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:19 a.m., 8:54 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.