Good Morning!

• We’re under a high wind warning until 10 a.m. today, with rain and possibly a thunderstorm expected, mainly before 11 a.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The temperature will to around 38 by 5 p.m., with a southwest wind 26 to 31 miles per hour, becoming northwest 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 55 miles per hour. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible today. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 17 and a northwest wind 8 to 13 miles per hour, becoming light after midnight. We’re expecting increasing clouds on Saturday, with a 20 percent chance of snow showers after 1 p.m. and a high near 41. Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 33.

• After ongoing conversations with the Federal Aviation Administration, East Hampton Town has decided to delay the deactivation and opening of a new airport in Wainscott, initially slated for Feb. 28, to May 17, 2022. The new, prior-permission required airport will open on May 19, 2022. Read More.

• A provision in New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s new budget that would require municipalities to allow accessory housing units has Long Island lawmakers and environmentalists squeamish this spring. Read More.

• The North Fork is full of events this holiday weekend, including the Greenport Fire Department’s annual Washington’s Birthday Parade on Saturday, Feb. 19, which steps off on Main Street in Greenport at 1 p.m. This longstanding parade dates back to the department’s founding in 1838.

• Ice sculpting, s’mores, a mariachi band, a baked potato bar and stargazing are on tap for Southold Town’s first ever winter festival, which will also be held on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Route 25 between Wells Avenue and Silversmith’s Corner. Here’s the schedule of events.

• The Riverhead Cider House at 2711 Sound Ave. in Riverhead will host a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. Here’s how to sign up.

Suffolk County reported 201 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, Feb. 16, with 2.2 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 218 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 36 of them in ICU. The county reported six new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,310 people since March of 2020.

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

Feb. 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:56 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:04 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
Greenport: 11:33 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:09 a.m., 12:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:28 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:41 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:48 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:50 a.m., 10:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:59 a.m., 8:31 p.m.

Feb. 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:33 a.m., 11:58 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:41 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Greenport: 12:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:46 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:19 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:26 a.m., 1:39 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:28 a.m., 11:02 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:37 a.m., 9:11 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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