Islands bracing for nor’easter

Ferry cancelations are possible on Tuesday — MV Times

Updated, March 13

The snow associated with the incoming storm is expected to miss Martha’s Vineyard, but the Island likely won’t be spared the winds.

The National Weather Service says that wind gusts out of the northeast will reach as high as 60 miles per hour on Tuesday.

The weather service says the size of the system moving into the area is large and it will likely stick around the area for a prolonged period, so wind gusts will be high from about noon well into the evening on Tuesday.

That likely means power outages, according to Eversource.

The utility has already deployed hundreds of line crews across the state and New England, and have brought in external crews from as far as Texas and Canada. 

“We began monitoring this storm last week using several weather services and continue to closely watch its path and will adjust our plan as needed,” said Eversource President of Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom. “The heavy, wet snow and hazardous winds forecasted have the potential to bring down trees and branches onto electric lines and equipment, causing damage and power outages. The hazardous conditions can also make travel challenging for our crews, so we’re staging extra staff and equipment in our work centers across the state to ensure we’re ready to respond as quickly as possible to whatever this storm brings.”

Additional tree workers have been deployed to the Vineyard, in anticipation of tree limbs coming down.

The Steamship Authority has issued a travel advisory. Cancellations are possible on both the Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard route, and for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The weather service says that the peak wind gusts should pass through by Tuesday evening, but a high wind advisory is in effect until 2 pm on Wednesday. 

The Vineyard could see a little bit of snow, but it’s likely to be mixed with rain.