Maybe eight inches, maybe 10. Maybe 12 to 18. Maybe some rain. Maybe not. Definitely some wind. By mid-day Monday, Jan. 26, forecasts for the winter’s first big storm on Martha’s Vineyard ranged from “serious” to “blizzard.” By the time the first flakes fell at mid-day, forecasters had dialed up their snow predictions, wind gust speeds, and warnings for the Island went from winter storm to blizzard.
After lingering for close to 40 hours, Juno finally sailed off to Downeast Maine, having dumped over two feet of snow on the Vineyard; the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) posted estimates of 27 inches in Oak Bluffs as of 3 am on Wednesday.