• And, we’re off to a snowy week. By the time you read this, the snow is falling, and we’re expecting between 3 and 7 inches by the end of the day, with the snow tapering off in the afternoon. We’re under a winter storm warning until 6 p.m. Wind chill values will between 15 and 25 today, with a north wind 17 to 24 miles per hour. We’re expecting the snow to begin again after 3 a.m. Tuesday, with overnight lows around 20 degrees and new accumulation of less than an inch. We’re expecting light snow throughout the day Tuesday, with a high near 34 degrees and accumulation of less than an inch. Wednesday will be cloudy, with a high near 37 degrees and more light snow, with total accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.
• All local school districts will be closed today. Southampton, East Hampton, and Southold Town have all closed their offices today, and we’re expecting more cancellations throughout the day. We will update our Facebook page with those details.
• Scientists have just finished a study of the causes of the fish kill in the Peconic River last summer, which points to an algae bloom that caused hypoxic conditions as it died out as the primary culprit. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Southold Town Planning Board was expected to hold an extension of the public hearing on the controversial Heritage at Cutchogue, a proposed 124-unit senior condominium complex near the center of Cutchogue, at their 6 p.m. meeting tonight, but that meeting has been rescheduled to Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. due to today’s snow. We’ll update with more information if this meeting is rescheduled. Southold has an extensive file on the environmental review of the project online here.
• East Hampton Town has formed a new Latino Advisory Committee to help provide outreach and translation of information about town services to the Spanish-speaking community in town. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Peconic Landing in Greenport has extended the deadline for proposals for new innovative sculptures in their new memory garden being built this spring. Proposals were originally due Feb. 1 but will now be due March 1. The Beacon’s original story is online here.
• Hampton Photo Arts has issued an open call for all photographers wishing to exhibit their photography for sale at their “Shelters” Exhibition opening at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Feb. 27. Submission forms are available at Hampton Photo Arts and Framing in the Bridgehampton Commons. Two pieces are allowed at $40 per participant. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang and artists will receives 100 percent of all sales.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.