SSA advises travelers to plan for disruptions in advance of oncoming blizzard

The Island Home sets sail on a calm Wednesday afternoon. — Photo by Michael Cummo

Updated 10 pm, Sunday

The Steamship Authority (SSA) has alerted customers to a winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service from 7 pm, Monday until 1 am, Wednesday.

“Based on the current forecast, the Steamship Authority anticipates possible service disruptions Monday evening and Tuesday,” the SSA said. The SSA advised customers to check the Authority’s website for further updates.

To make or modify a reservation call 508-477-8600, go online at, or visit one of the terminals.

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The National Weather Service said “a crippling and potentially historic blizzard will impact the

area mainly from late Monday into Tuesday, lingering into early Wednesday.

A blizzard warning remains in effect from 7 pm, Monday to noon, Tuesday.

Heavy snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions with considerable blowing and drifting snow and strong to damaging winds are predicted.

The worst of the storm will be Monday night through Tuesday afternoon. There will be a period where heavy snow will change over to rain, mainly during the day Tuesday before changing back over to snow.

Winds will be north-northeast, 35 to 45 mph with gusts around 70 to 80 mph. The height of the winds will be late Monday night into Tuesday.

All unnecessary travel is discouraged beginning Monday afternoon to allow people already on the road to safely reach their destination before the heavy snow begins and to allow

snow removal equipment to begin to clear roads.