Winter storm winds down, ferries resume

A mountain of snow greeted visitors to Post Office Square in Edgartown. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Updated 2:35 pm Friday, January 3, 2013

The Steamship Authority has resumed most ferry service between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard, but advises travelers that decisions are being made on a trip by trip basis. The ferries are running on an irregular schedule. The Steamship Authority cancelled the scheduled 1:30 departure from Woods Hole of the freight vessel Katama, and cancelled the return trip scheduled to depart Vineyard Haven at 2:45.

The Chappaquiddick ferry operated for emergency service only Friday morning, but resumed service about 2 pm.

The intense snow tapered off about 11 am Friday. Islanders were busy shoveling, plowing, and piling fluffy light snow, while the sun made brief appearances. Approximately 8 to 10 inches of snow fell on Martha’s Vineyard.

At 1 pm, the temperature was 14 degrees, with a wind chill factor of -5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters predicted the temperature will get down to 5 degrees tonight, with winds of 17 to 22 miles per hour creating dangerous wind chill.

All public schools on the Island are closed Friday, as a potent winter snowstorm lashed the east coast from West Virginia to Maine.

Edgartown town hall, library, and Council on Aging are closed Friday.

Oak Bluffs town officials announced that East Chop Drive, between Munroe Avenue and Brewster Avenue, is closed to traffic. That stretch of East Chop Drive was already reduced to one lane because of concerns about erosion of the coastal bank.

Oak Bluffs Town Hall, library, and Council on Aging are closed Friday.

Tisbury declared a parking ban from 8 pm Thursday until 8 pm Friday. No parking is allowed in any public parking spaces, to allow plows to clear the roads.

The Vineyard Haven Library is closed today.

The Y is also closed Friday, but expects to open for regular hours Saturday.

State and local road crews were out plowing much of the night, and by 8 am, most major roadways were plowed, but still snow covered and slippery.

An NSTAR utility crew working Friday morning in Edgartown said there were no significant power outages on the Island.

Governor Deval Patrick did not declare a state of emergency, but closed all state offices Friday, and urged private businesses to do the same.