Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, and here are the five things you need to know:
1. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 11 a.m., and the temperature to drop to 44 by 5 p.m. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low around 25. (sunrise, 6:58 a.m.; low tide, 7:42 a.m.; high tide, 1:53 p.m.; sunset, 4:56 p.m.)
2. Local officials will join Salem’s No Place for Hate Committee this afternoon for the dedication of a new plaque in downtown Salem. The dedication is scheduled to take place at the intersection of Front and Washington streets at 3 p.m. Click Here for our full story.
3. Hundreds of area residents are expected to descend upon Winter Island Park in Salem to take a polar plunge Sunday afternoon to benefit the North Shore Community Development Coalition. The plunge is scheduled to take place at 12:30 p.m. and Salem Patch will be on hand to capture the whole thing on video.
4. The City Council Committee on Ordinances, Licenses and Legal Affairs will meet tonight at City Hall. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
5. Today in History: On Jan. 31, 1950, President Harry S. Truman announced a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.
For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.