Blizzard conditions expected for Martha's Vineyard on Saturday

Dark clouds hang over a snow covered field in Aquinnah. — Stacey Rupolo

Updated 11:40 am, Saturday

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning from 7 am Saturday,  Jan. 7 until 4 am on Jan. 8. Winter storm Helena, which dusted approximately three inches of snow on the Vineyard Friday morning, is expected to redevelop Saturday morning, dropping 18 to 24 inches of snow on the Cape and Islands. The heaviest snow will likely fall late Saturday afternoon and evening, with gusty northeast winds of up to 40 mph creating blizzard conditions.

A gale watch is in effect for all Massachusetts coastal waters, with northerly winds of 15-25 knots, gusting up to 35 knots, and seas at 6-11 feet.

The Steamship Authority (SSA) advises its customers to check the SSA website for further updates. To make or modify a reservation, call 508-477-8600, or visit

As of 9:30 am, Cape Air had canceled all of its outbound flights, and many Boston onward flights had been canceled as well. For information, visit Information on all Boston flights can be accessed from your own airline’s site or