Updated March 22, 6:15 am
There appears to be a pattern here.
For the third week in a row and the fourth time in less than 20 days, Martha’s Vineyard is the target of a nor’easter with gale-force winds predicted.
Dukes County is under a high wind watch, a coastal flooding advisory, a storm warning, and a winter storm watch.
Here’s the current situational awareness from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency:
The National Weather Service (NWS) is increasingly confident that the Commonwealth will be impacted by a nor’easter beginningWednesday morning through Thursday morning. This storm is expected to bring snow across the state, with heaviest snowfall amounts in southeastern MA. Light snow will start from south to north late Wednesday afternoon, but the heaviest snow will occur Wednesdaynight, possibly by the end of the evening commute. Additionally, coastal MA, the Cape and Islands will experience strong winds. Minor to moderate coastal flooding with areas of moderate to severe erosion is expected for the southeast MA coastline during the earlyThursday AM high tide.
The following Thursday, March 22 ferry trips have been canceled due to Weather conditions.
M/V WOODS HOLE 6:00AM Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven
M/V KATAMA 6:30AM Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven
M/V WOODS HOLE 7:00AM Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole
M/V MARTHA’S VINEYARD 7:00AM Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven
M/V WOODS HOLE 8:15AM Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven
M/V WOODS HOLE 9:30AM Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole
M/V WOODS HOLE 10:45AM Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven
M/V WOODS HOLE 12:00PM Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole
The Steamship Authority urges travelers to check with the boat line before leaving home.
Current Conditions may be viewed at steamshipauthority.
- Snow will overspread the region early Wednesday and will be heaviest early Wednesday evening before tapering off Thursdaymorning.
- 1-4 inches for western MA; 4-6 inches for central MA with 6-8 inches possible for southern Worcester County; 6-8 inches for eastern and northeastern MA; 6-12 inches in southeastern MA, with amounts closer to 8-12 inches near the coast; and 1-6 inches on the Cape and Vineyard (lower amounts expected in the eastern portions of these regions where there may be a rain/snow mix).
- Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for the South Coast of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The heaviest snow is expected to start falling Wednesday night, probably by the end of the evening commute.
- A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Hampden County, MA where slightly lower snowfall totals are now expected.
- Northeast to north winds may gust to 45-55 mph along the immediate MA coast. Winds may gust to 25-35 mph farther inland across the remainder of the region.
- Peak Winds will occur Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
- High Wind Warnings have been issued for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected Wednesday night into early Thursdaymorning.
- Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected for the eastern and southeastern MA coastline – east and north facing shorelines late during the early Thursday morning high tide, mainly between 1 AM and 6 AM.
- A Coastal Flood Watch has been issued for east- and north-facing shorelines for the early Thursday morning high tide cycle.
Storm Warnings are in affect for the southern outer coastal waters, and Gale Warnings elsewhere.
There is a potential for scattered power outages, especially in eastern MA and the Cape and Islands due to the likelihood of heavy snowfall and/or strong winds impacting these regions.
SSA says plan ahead
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch and High Wind Watch from Wednesday, March 21, 8 am until Thursday, March 22, 8 am.
Based on the most recent forecasts from the National Weather Service, the Steamship Authority anticipates service disruptions on Wednesday and possibly Thursday. The Steamship Authority is continuing to monitor the pending storm and will issue further travel advisories and updates as revised forecasts from the National Weather Service are released.
For additional information please refer to www.weather.gov.
The Steamship Authority advises its customers to check its website for further updates.