First snow blankets Martha’s Vineyard

The first snow jolted many Islanders into the winter season. — Steve Myrick

A jolt of winter spread across Martha’s Vineyard today. While less than an inch of snow fell, it was enough for a light blanket of white stuff to cover lawns, shrubs, and trees.

At 5 am on the Island, the temperature was in the 50’s, but four hours later, an Arctic cold front pushed into the region bringing below freezing temperatures and a wintry mix of snow and rain.

Island residents have enjoyed a relatively mild fall, with the average high temperature in October about two degrees warmer than normal.

Weather prognosticators predict the temperature will reach just 37 degrees tomorrow, but there is no more snow in the forecast. Temperatures should return to a more normal range later in the week.