Winter blizzard warning in effect for Martha’s Vineyard

Winter blizzard warning in effect for Martha’s Vineyard

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Updated 2:15 pm, Tuesday January 21, 2014

The latest storm information is that light snow will begin to fall this afternoon and become heavier after 7 pm. Winds will also intensify and temperatures will drop to about 19 degrees.

Vineyard Haven Library

The film screening scheduled for 7 pm tonight is cancelled.

Town meeting cancellations

The town of Tisbury has cancelled a selectmen’s meeting scheduled for 5 pm, Tuesday.

The Chilmark selectmen’s meeting scheduled for 7 pm, Tuesday night has been moved to noon, Thursday, January 23.

Steamship Authority

Based on the current forecast, the Steamship Authority anticipates possible service disruptions Tuesday evening into Wednesday.

For current SSA information click here: current status.

To make or modify a reservation call 508-477-8600, visit a terminal or go to www.steamshipauthority.com.

National Weather Service forecast

As of 9:19 am this morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Taunton reported that blizzard conditions are expected across far southeastern Massachusetts this afternoon through Wednesday morning. Heavy snow is likely across much of southern New England.

A blizzard warning is in effect from 7 pm this evening until 1 pm, Wednesday. Snow accumulations of from 10 to 14 inches are expected through Wednesday morning.

Snow covered roadways will cause difficult driving conditions. Periods of moderate to heavy snow along with gusty winds will cause visibilities to drop to one quarter mile or less at times.

Winds north 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. Visibilities below one quarter mile at times.

A blizzard warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts over 35 mph are expected with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities will become poor with whiteout conditions at times. Those venturing outdoors may become lost or disoriented so persons in the warning area are advised to stay indoors.