• Hold on to your hat! We’re expecting one to two inches of rain today, with a north wind around 25 miles per hour, increasing this afternoon to 35 to 40 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 60. We’re expecting rain and snow and more wind tonight, with little to no snow accumulation. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 45, and Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
• We’re currently under a coastal flood warning, with tides 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet above normal, up to 3 feet in some localized areas through tonight, and 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet, locally up to 4 feet on Saturday. The high tide cycles for the next two days are below:
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:47 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:55 a.m., 9:16 p.m.
Greenport: 10:24 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:25 a.m., 11:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:19 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:46 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:53 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:11 a.m., 7:41 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:35 a.m., 10:57 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:43 a.m., 10:05 p.m.
Greenport: 11:12 a.m., 11:34 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:07 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:07 a.m., 12:34 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:14 a.m., 12:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:58 a.m., 8:28 p.m.
• The U.S. Department of the Interior will hold a public hearing on the federal government’s proposed offshore oil and gas drilling plan on Long Island today, March 2, at noon at Brookhaven Town Hall, 1 Independence Hill in Farmingville. All are welcome to speak.
• We celebrate our farmstands and love to boast about swordfish caught off Montauk, but in winter, when those options aren’t available, we can still shop local. At the IGA, for instance, you can find everything you want to cook a splendid meal without resorting to gourmet shops or mail-order ingredients. Our cooking columnists, Alison Boyd and William Sertl, take us on a trip this week to the exotic world of cooking exclusively from the IGA.
• Southampton Town is accepting feedback on a survey about community wishes for the Shinnecock Canal Maritime Park through today, March 2. You can take the survey online here.
•The East Hampton Healthcare Foundation hosts a free community Health Fair at the Most Holy Trinity School at 77 Buell Lane in East Hampton today, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights include free flu shots, health screenings (cholesterol, blood pressure, colorectal), and appointments for no-cost mammogram and pap tests (for uninsured women over the age of 40). Healthy snacks will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
• The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee will hold a forum with the seven Democrats running for Congress this evening, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Amagansett. All are welcome to attend.
• Stony Brook Southampton will host a lecture tonight on “Great South Bay History: Barrier Islands, Breaches, and Ecosystem Change after Sandy” in Chancellor’s Hall at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
• The Beacon’s March print edition is now out on more than 60 newsstands throughout the East End. Pick up a copy today!
• There’s plenty to do on the East End this weekend, and in the weeks ahead. Get the details in The Beacon’s Events Calendar, online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.