Today is Thursday, Jan. 17, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. It should be a beautiful day in Salem. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect it to be mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. (sunrise, 7:09 a.m.; low tide, 9:07 a.m.; high tide, 3:23 p.m.; sunset, 4:38 p.m.)
2. Hydrant flow tests will be taking place tonight at 10 p.m. on Federal, Washington, Church and Essex streets. City officials are warning that the tests may translate to a temporary loss of water or even some discoloration.
3. Tuesday's winter weather caused a handful of motor vehicle accidents in Salem during the morning commute - including one involving a local school bus. Click Here for a closer look at the Salem Police Department's storm log.
4. Check out Bob Broderick's latest blog post, which offers a day-by-day breakdown of the live music scene in downtown Salem. Click Here to give it a read.
5. Today in History: On Jan. 17, 1917, the United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.