Martha’s Vineyard prepares for Wednesday storm cleanup

State and town offices and many businesses will remain closed Wednesday.


Updated 9:45 am Wednesday, January 28

The blizzard that struck Monday was expected to wane late Tuesday night and begin to pull out to sea Wednesday morning allowing the cleanup to begin. With so much snow left to move, many of Tuesday’s cancellations were extended through Wednesday.

Governor Charlie Baker announced the travel ban would be lifted at midnight. He directed only emergency state employees to return to work Wednesday as the Commonwealth recovers from the full force of the blizzard. The state of emergency order remains in effect.

“The snow will likely continue into the evening, leaving a massive amount of work ahead for Boston and many communities across the Commonwealth,” Governor Baker said.  “While the travel ban will no longer be in effect at midnight tonight, I urge the people of Massachusetts to stay off the roads unless they must travel. It is critical we all work together and use good judgment tonight and throughout tomorrow as road crews work to clean up from this historic blizzard. For those of you that must return to work tomorrow, please be patient and allow plenty of time for your morning commute as we expect the MBTA to experience significant delays.”

On Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown, Tisbury and Oak Bluffs announced all town offices would remain closed Wednesday.

The Dukes County Courthouse will be closed Wednesday, including District Court, Superior Court, and Probate Court.

A parking ban in Tisbury remains in effect through Wednesday at 6 pm.

Martha’s Vineyard Superintendent of Schools James Weiss announced that school is cancelled Wednesday.

The Steamship Authority has cancelled the scheduled 6 am trip from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole.