• We’ve dodged a bit of a bullet with today’s blizzard, which is now tracking west of eastern Long Island, but is still expected to dump rain, snow, and sleet on us throughout the morning, turning to rain after 2 p.m. We’re now expecting a total daytime snow and sleet accumulation between 3 and 7 inches, according to the National Weather Service. The high will be near 39 degrees, with a northeast wind 28 to 37 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 50. Rain and sleet is expected to continue overnight, turning to snow showers, when the low will be around 24 degrees. We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 32 on Wednesday and Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 32.
• If you were thinking of going anywhere today, don’t bother. Chances are, the places you’d like to go are closed. Southampton Town has already declared a snow emergency as of midnight, and all town offices will be closed today. Southampton is asking residents to stay off the streets throughout the day. East Hampton Town offices will be closed, Southold Town offices will be closed and today’s Southold town board meetings have been moved to next Tuesday, March 21. Greenport Village offices will be closed and the village’s tax sale scheduled for today will be rescheduled. Riverhead, often the holdout in total town closures, has announced committee meetings and garbage pickup will be cancelled and community centers will be closed. All local schools are closed.
• Deepwater Wind, the Rhode Island-based offshore wind company building a wind farm off the coast of Montauk, was inundated with congratulations from renewable energy advocates and curious members of the public at a packed open house at the East Hampton Historical Society’s Clinton Academy March 9. But by far the most vocal group of residents in attendance were numerous fishermen who are concerned about the changes the project may bring. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• East Hampton Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell will give a talk on the state of the town tomorrow evening, March 15 at 6 p.m. at the East Hampton Library as part of the library’s Tom Twomey lecture series. More details are online here.
• In the midst of a national debate over the future of health care, North Forkers for the Common Good will sponsor a teach-in and community discussion on the proposed New York Health Act on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Southold, at 53100 Main Road in Southold. More details are online here.
• Several South Fork human services agencies will sponsor the screening of the 45-minute, high school edition of “The Hunting Ground,” about sexual assault on college campuses on March 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Library, followed by a panel discussion with community leaders. More details are online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:54 a.m.
MTK Hbr: 11:02 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Greenport: 12:05 a.m., 12:31 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:06 a.m., 1:29 p.m.
Sag Hbr: midnight, 12:26 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:27 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:34 a.m., 2 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:12 a.m., 9:39 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:12 a.m., 12:38 p.m.
MTK Hbr: 11:46 a.m.
Greenport: 12:49 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:45 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 12:44 a.m., 1:10 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:11 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:18 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:54 a.m., 10:20 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.