Good Morning!

We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 44 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30, with a northwest wind 24 to 29 miles per hour, gusting to 40, decreasing to 18 to 23 in the afternoon. We’re expecting snow overnight and into Saturday morning, with a low tonight around 17 and new snow accumulations of less than 1.5 inches by the end of the day Saturday. The chance of snow is around 60 percent both overnight and tomorrow. The high Saturday will be near 38 with a northwest wind 9 to 14 miles per hour. Sunday will be sunny and breezy, with a high near 38.

The Southampton Town Board unanimously approved a six-month extension to its moratorium on Battery Energy Storage Systems at its meeting Thursday. The board also agreed to hire consultants VHB, Inc. to help them develop new code for siting and safety of BESS facilities based on resident concerns and the recently released recommendations of a New York State BESS task force. Read More.

• Catholic Health and New York State Senator Anthony Palumbo are collaborating on a Hearth Health seminar this morning from 11 a.m. to noon at the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street in Riverhead. To register for this event, call 631.474.6797.

• The next Heart of Riverhead Civic Association meeting is this Saturday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Riverhead Free Library.  New Town Council Member Joann Waski joins the group for a conversation about her goals, her hopes and how the civic association can help to support her. Here’s More info.

It’s going to be a busy holiday weekend across the East End. Find out more in our Events Calendar. Here are some highlights:

In celebration of Black History Month and in collaboration with Hamptons Doc Fest, the Parrish Art Museum presents a screening of “Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes” this evening at 6 p.m. The film delves into the life and music of the legendary drummer, composer, bandleader, and social activist through a series of creative peaks, struggles, and personal reinventions—from the Jim Crow era to the Civil Rights years, surveying the heady days of post-war modern jazz to hip hop and beyond. Find Out More.

• Hamptons Jazz Fest returns this evening at 7 p.m. to the Southampton Arts Center with saxophone prodigy Azar Lawrence. Find Out More.

• The Great Backyard Bird Count Family Walk with North Fork Audubon will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport from 9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to participate in this global bird count while enjoying a walk through the beautiful park to Long Island Sound. Find Out More.

Southold WinterFest will take place on Main Road in Southold Village between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 17, 2024 (rain date is February 18, 2024). The Third Annual Southold WinterFest has 55 exhibits, local businesses and organizations participating. Over a thousand visitors are expected. Find Out More.

• The Greenport Fire Department’s 179th Annual Washington’s Day Parade welcomes fire departments from across Long Island to gather in Greenport for a parade Saturday at 1 p.m. to celebrate the dedication & heroism of fire servicemen and women. The parade steps off at Broad & Main Streets, continues down Main Street and Front Street to the Greenport Fire Department headquarters on Third Street. Here’s More Info.

• North Fork Contemporary will hold a pop-up exhibition, “Botanic – A Garden Show for the Dead of Winter,” opening this Saturday, Feb. 17 with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at VSOP Gallery at 311 Front Street in Greenport. The exhibition presents a mix of artworks including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and installations from nearly 20 artists. Find Out More.

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

February 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:45 a.m., 3:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:53 a.m., 2:19 p.m.
Greenport: 3:22 a.m., 3:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:09a.m., 4:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:17 a.m., 3:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:44 a.m., 5:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:51 a.m., 5:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:52 a.m., 2:18 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:01 a.m., 12:27 p.m.

February 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:52 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Greenport: 4:29 a.m., 4:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:10 a.m., 5:52 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 4:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:51 a.m., 6:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:58 a.m., 6:28 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:47 a.m., 3:17 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:56 a.m., 1:26 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

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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

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