Opening delayed two hours for Martha’s Vineyard Schools

— File photo by Steve Myrick

Updated 8:45 am, Wednesday, January 29, 2014

All public schools on the Island will delay opening for two hours this morning, after an early morning snowfall dumped three to four inches of snow on Martha’s Vineyard.

Edgartown officials will delay opening town hall until 10 am.

State and town highway crews were out plowing early Wednesday morning, but most roads were still covered with snow and slippery.

Massachusetts Department of Transportation official Ed Panek said the storm brought more snow than expected.

“Full fleet of plows mobilized, later than I would have liked due to circumstances beyond my control, but that has been corrected,” Mr. Panek wrote in a Facebook post at about 8:45 am. “Deep slop should be all pushed off within an hour which will be much better. Just remember to drive for existing conditions and all will be just fine.”

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, in effect until 1 pm. The weather service forecast called for 1 to 2 inches of snow ending by 11 am, but the advisory now predicts 3 to 5 inches of snow, with as much as 7 inches in some spots. Bitterly cold temperatures have also moved into the region. At 8:30 am, the temperature was 18 degrees, with a wind chill factor of 8 degrees below zero, according to the weather service.