Good Morning!

• The winter storm warning for our region expired at 6 a.m. today. We’ll have more details on the storm’s impacts later this morning. We’re expecting cloudy skies today, with a high temperature near 36 degrees and rain and snow likely, mainly after 3 p.m. Winds will continue out of the northeast around 17 miles per hour. There’s a 40 percent chance of light snow overnight, with a low around 27. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow showers Wednesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 34. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 38 degrees.

Suffolk County reported 839 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Monday, with 5.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 705 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 125 of them in ICU and 25 percent of hospital beds currently available. The county reported 10 new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2,804 people.

• The Suffolk County Legislature continues its public hearing at 2 p.m. today on the 10-year extension of its Aquaculture Lease Program in Peconic and Gardiners Bays, which has jumpstarted the oyster farming industry here. Here’s more info on how to comment.

• Southampton Town’s Community Law Enforcement Review Committee will hold a second public listening session on the town police department’s policies and interactions with the community this evening at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Here’s how to participate.  

• The Riverhead Town Board meeting originally scheduled for today at 2 p.m. has been postponed to Wednesday at 2 p.m. due to the snowstorm. The Public Hearing originally on the agenda for consideration of a local law to amend the Zoning and Land Development code regarding Outdoor Car Storage has been cancelled, and may be rescheduled at a later date. The work session originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3 has been cancelled.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss next steps on the town’s Comprehensive Plan, the New Suffolk parking study and several proposed code amendments at its 9 a.m. work session this morning. There are no public hearings scheduled for the board’s 4:30 p.m. regular meeting this afternoon. Here’s the agenda for both meetings. The Zoom login info for the work session is here and the Zoom login info for the regular meeting is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss the Montauk skate park and leaf blower legislation at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.

• Drawdown East End kicks off “Drawdown the Future: A Conversation for our Changing Times,” a monthlong series of online forums, this evening with “Eating for the Future.” Here are more details.

• The Accabonac Protection Committee will hold a Zoom forum this evening at 6 p.m. on Life In And Around Our Local Waters focusing on sea turtles and birds. Here’s how to register.

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

February 2
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:49 a.m., 1:06 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:14 p.m.
Greenport: 1:26 a.m., 1:43 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:19 a.m., 2:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:21 a.m., 1:38 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:48 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:55 a.m., 3:12 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:02 a.m., 12:12 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:21 a.m., 11:04 p.m.

February 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:41 a.m., 2 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:49 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
Greenport: 2:18 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:09 a.m., 3:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:13 a.m., 2:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:40 a.m., 3:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:47 a.m., 4:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:55 a.m., 1:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:17 a.m., 11:59 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

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