Vineyard hunkers down: schools, hospital, town and state offices closed

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The ferry Martha's Vineyard is experiencing mechanical issues. – MVT File photo

Updated 5 pm, Monday

SSA trips cancelled: The Steamship Authority has canceled trips. To make or modify a reservation please call 508-477-8600, online at steamshipauthority.com, or visit one of the terminals. Current Conditions may be viewed at steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/status.

Chappy ferry is shut down for the duration of the storm. Emergency service only. Call 911. Gust of 57 mph at 4 am owner Peter Wells reported.

State offices are closed in Dukes County. District and Superior Court is closed. Governor Baker is urging everyone to stay off of roadways if possible to allow crews to clear the roads as many parts of the state will experience blizzard conditions throughout the day.

Oak BluffsWest Tisbury and Tisbury town offices are closed.

A parking ban is in effect from 11 am, Monday in downtown Vineyard Haven.

Edgartown town offices are closed. The library is closed. To be added to the town’s text update list text the word Edgartown to 99000 and you will automatically be added to the list. The Edgartown Board of Selectmen meeting scheduled for 4 pm today is cancelled. All scheduled public hearings are postponed to the Tuesday, 4pm.

Schools closed: In advance of a blizzard bearing down on Martha’s Vineyard, Superintendent of Martha’s Vineyard Schools Matt D’Andrea announced that schools are closed Monday.

Hospital offices closed: Martha’s Vineyard Hospital issued a weather alert. “All primary care and specialist offices will be closed on Monday, February 8th due to weather conditions,” the hospital said in a press release. Physician offices will contact patients to reschedule their appointments.

Island Health Care offices are closed.

Martha’ Vineyard Community Services is closed.

Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank branches are closed.  Customers are advised to use online or mobile banking.

The YMCA is closed Monday.

Whelk management meeting Tuesday is postponed. Due to inclement weather which may affect travel, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has postponed the Whelk management meeting scheduled for 10 am, Tuesday at the Katharine Cornell Theater. The meeting will be rescheduled and a notice of a new date and time will be provided in a future advisory.

A significant winter storm will impact Massachusetts on Monday, bringing heavy snowfall, strong winds, blizzard conditions in the southeast areas of the state, and minor and moderate coastal flooding along the east coast and Nantucket. Impacts of the storm may include heavy snow, coastal flooding, downed limbs and power lines and associated power outages.

Storm summary from the National Weather Service in Taunton:

·         Snow: Heaviest accumulation across southeast MA and the Cape/Islands where a localized foot or more of snow possible along with Blizzard conditions. 6-10 inches possible across the rest of eastern MA/RI. 4 to 8 inches extending back across northeast CT and central MA.

·         Wind: Northeast wind gusts to 45-65 mph possible across Cape/Islands with gusts to 45 mph further inland across the I-95 corridor from Boston to Providence peaking between 7AM and 2PM.

·         Coastal Flooding: Pockets of moderate coastal flooding likely during the late Monday morning high tide (around 11AM – Noon), especially along the coast south of Boston to Nantucket. Minor coastal flooding possible north of Boston through coastal Essex county.

·         Timing: Snow developing along the south coast and Cape/Islands 3-5AM, reaching Boston to Providence between 6 and 8AM. Heaviest snow this morning into early afternoon with snowfall rates 1 – 2 inches per hour at times. Snow decreasing by mid/late afternoon but periods of light snow continuing through tonight.

·         Impacts: Downed trees and power lines with scattered power outages likely, especially far SE MA and Cape/Islands due to very strong wind gusts and heavy, wet snow. Drier snow further NW. Dangerous travel conditions Monday due to heavy snow and near whiteout conditions at times.