• We’re expecting rain today, mainly after noon, with patchy fog before 9 a.m. and a high temperature near 49 degrees, with a calm wind becoming east around 6 miles per hour in the afternoon. We’re expecting rain overnight, then rain and snow into Friday, with a low around 30 and a northeast wind 7 to 12 miles per hour, increasing to 13 to 18 mph after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch are possible. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain and snow Friday, with skies clearing throughout the day and a high near 40 degrees. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 45.
• New York has declared a blood emergency this week as blood donations continue to run at low levels in the midst of the pandemic. The Greenport American Legion Roller Rink at 102 Third Street will be holding a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. Appointments are recommended, online here or by calling 800.933.2566.
• The East Hampton Town Board is slated to vote on several changes to the town code to limit the use of gas-powered leaf blowers and to require licensing for landscaping contractors at its 11 a.m. meeting this morning. Here’s the agenda and the meeting can be viewed on LTV’s YouTube channel.
• The Southampton and Riverhead town boards have cancelled their work sessions for today.
• Suffolk County reported 720 new cases of Covid-19 on March 16, with 4.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 404 people hospitalized with the virus, with 80 of them in ICU and 22 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported six new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,176 people.
• The Southampton Arts Center is hosting an online illustrated talk on its current exhibition, East End Collected6, this evening at 7:30 p.m., featuring artists Linda K. Alpern, Jim Croak, Deborah Buck, Bastienne Schmidt, Agathe Snow, and Maria Vasconcelos. The event is free, and registration is online at at southamptonartscenter.org.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:47 a.m., 2:!5 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:55 a.m., 1:23 p.m.
Greenport: 2:24 a.m., 2:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:05 a.m., 3:39 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:19 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:46 a.m., 4:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:53 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:45 a.m., 1:16 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:25 a.m., 11:31 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:33 a.m., 3:06 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:41 a.m., 2:14 p.m.
Greenport: 3:10 a.m., 3:43 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:47 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:05 a.m., 3:38 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:32 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:39 a.m., 5:12 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:22 a.m., 2:01 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:10 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.