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Winds over 80 mph reported on Nantucket

BOSTON — A powerful blizzard is bringing damaging winds and power outages to Cape Cod and the Islands, however very little impact is being felt in most of the rest of Massachusetts.

Images:  Blizzard pounds coast

Hurricane-force wind gusts of 83 mph were reported Wednesday morning on Nantucket, where more than 1,200 National Grid customers lost power and the high school was opened as a shelter.

NSTAR reported almost 10,000 customers out on Cape Cod.

In Chatham, wild winds hammered the coast, as the National Weather Service warned mariners to stay off the water.  A 19th century house that was under renovation collapsed in Chatham at the former of Silver Leaf and Main Street.

The pressure dropped down to 960 millibars, and that is stronger than the October snowstorm we had a couple of years ago and the February blizzard in 2013, so this is a pretty massive storm, “Storm Team 5 Cindy Fitzgibbon said.

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The storm was officially classified as a blizzard for Cape Cod just before 10 a.m.

The Steamship Authority temporarily suspended ferry service for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket due to high winds and rough seas.

Massachusetts trial courts were closed in Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties.

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“Hazards associated with this storm include significant amounts of snowfall across Cape Cod and the Islands and high winds,” the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

A blizzard warning is in effect until Wednesday afternoon for Cape Cod and the Islands for a storm some meteorologists have called a “monster.”

With wind gusts of 45 to 60 mph,”blowing and drifting of snow may be an issue as well,” the weather service said.

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Snow started falling early Wednesday morning, and the commute was difficult in parts of southeastern Massachusetts and nearly impossible on Cape Cod.

“All motorists are requested to not drive (during the storm) unless absolutely necessary,” Yarmouth police said.

A winter weather advisory was issued for southeastern Massachusetts.  For the rest of Massachusetts, little snow and only gusty winds were forecast.

Forecasters predicted 6 to 12 inches of snow on Cape Cod, 1 to 3 inches in southeastern Massachusetts and just a coating in the Boston area.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning for Wednesday morning for the north side and ocean side of Cape Cod and the northern and eastern shorelines of Nantucket.

Some coastal flooding was reported in Plymouth at the time of high tide Wednesday morning, the weather service said.

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“It is not unusual to have storms this late in the year,” weather service spokesman Bill Simpson said, adding that April has seen quite a few big storms in the past. The Boston area got more than 2 inches of snow in an April storm last year and was blanketed with almost 2 feet the same month in 1997.


Coastal flood warning issued by National Weather Service

SCITUATE, Mass. —Voluntary evacuations were recommended in Duxbury and Scituate Friday as the South Shore of Massachusetts and Cape Cod saw crashing waves coming over seawalls during the third flooding tide of the storm.

In Scituate, the neighborhood around Oceanside Drive between Sixth and Seventh  Streets was flooded by the blizzard-driven waves.   Police Chief Mike Stewart said there were no plans to evacuate, even as waves continued to crash over the seawall turning the neighborhood into a lake several hours after high tide.

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“This is just moderate flooding,” said Stewart.  “We’ve seen much worse.”

“A number of people have left the area, but a number have stayed there,” said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. “They know what these storms can do and ride it out.”

Photos:  Blizzard of 2014 in pictures

“There was one request to rescue a family in Duxbury.  A number of homes were surrounded by water,” said Gov. Deval Patrick, adding that flooding was also reported on the North Shore in Salisbury and Newburyport

In Cohassest, several roads, including Border Street, Margin Street and parts of Jerusalem Road, went under water for more than an hour Friday.

Late Thursday night, there was significant flooding in Duxbury at Plymouth Avenue and Gurnett Road due to a sea wall break near Marshfield border, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

At 12:20 p.m.; the intersection of Front Street and First Parish Road near Scituate Harbor was flooded, our news partners at the Patriot Ledger reported. There was a “road closed” sign on nearby Edward Foster Road, but some drivers were ignoring the sign and driving through the icy water.

In Marshfield, Jennifer Rooney said her family was hunkered down in their Foster Avenue cottage watching the waves crashing over the sea wall and into her yard Friday afternoon.

“It’s just getting worse,” she said. “Supposedly, the tide should be receding, but the waves are still crashing over the wall.”


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel missing in blizzard

A picture of B.K., short for Butterscotch Kiss, who went missing from her Attleboro yard just before the snowstorm.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. —An extensive search is underway in Attleboro for a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and veteran show dog, which has been missing since Thursday morning, the Sun Chronicle reported.

“I’m very worried about B.K. because of the snow and cold weather,” Tracie Laliberte, the dog’s owner, told the newspaper.

B.K. was last seen being picked up by a woman near Bliss’s Dairy in Attleboro Friday  morning, said Joan Geoghegan of Cavalier Communications.

B.K., short for Butterscotch Kiss, wears a pink collar and was last seen running down Davis Street in Attleboro around 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Laliberte said.

Laliberte said she has been posting fliers and trying to spread the word on social media. She said many area residents and shelter volunteers at the Attleboro Animal Shelter are helping with the search.

“The outpouring of support has been amazing. It really spread like wildfire,” Laliberte told the newspaper. “B.K. has fans all over the world that have been super helpful in getting the word out.”

Laliberte is offering a $3,000 reward for the safe return of the dog.


Wind chills are dangerous

Raging ocean and icy aftermath make for visual interest along Glades Road in Scituate’s Minot section. A major nor’easter included heavy snowfall and coastal flooding in Scituate, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger

BOSTON —At least 16 deaths have been blamed on a winter storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in finger-numbing temperatures in parts of the Northeast.

Light, fluffy snow meant an easier time digging out than it might have been Friday. The storm has caused just a few thousand power outages.

Photos: Blizzard of 2014 in pictures

But the bone-chilling cold could mean a risk of frostbite for anyone who spends more than a few minutes outside.

Wellington Ferreira has been clearing a snowy sidewalk in front of a Somerville, Mass., restaurant. He says: “My ears are frozen.”

Wind chills around New England are reported as low as negative-20. Forecasters warn it could be just as bad into Saturday.

Temperatures in the Northeast are expected to rise above freezing this weekend before the arrival of another blast of frigid air already affecting the Midwest.


The Storm

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People rushing about to get the last of food off the store shelves

Everyone stocks up on shovels, candles, dry ice and the like

Don’t leave your car on empty

Who knows what you my run out of

But who are we kidding

Once the snow comes

No one will be going anywhere

Everyone sits by the window watching the snow fall

Dreading the moments we’ll have to clear it away

Wondering when will it ever end

The kids are all happy for they know they’ll be no school

They can build some snowman, make snow angels and sled down multiple hills

Rows of hot cocoa will line every counter

Huge plows will clear the roads

While their drivers are wishing they were home

But coffee keeps them going until they’ve made us all safe

The storm awaits for an opportunity to do it all again

So take cover and wait until it’s safe to venture out

You wouldn’t want to have to wait until they can thaw you out

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The Storm © was written by

Felina Silver Robinson on

Friday, January 3, 2014


Coastal flood warning issued by National Weather Service

CITUATE, Mass. —Voluntary evacuations were recommended in Duxbury and Scituate Friday as the South Shore of Massachusetts and Cape Cod braced for one more flooding tide during the Blizzard of 2014.

Late Thursday night, there was significant flooding in Duxbury at Plymouth Avenue and Gurnett Road due to a sea wall break near Marshfield border, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said.

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“The Friday midday high tide is the one of greatest concern given the expected combination of the astronomical tide, surge and wave action,” the National Weather Service said on its website.

“High winds have pushed water into Cape Cod Bay, and the water will not recede prior to the midday high tide,” MEMA warned residents of Sandwich.

In Scituate, the wind roared off the ocean Thursday night, making it difficult for reporters to describe conditions.

Minor flooding was reported there Thursday night, as well as in Hull.

Repairs have been made in Scituate to the seawall that was damaged during last February’s blizzard.

Dave Ball, a Scituate resident, said the improvements give some reassurance. “It wasn’t here a few months ago, (it’s) a huge difference.”

“The midday Friday tide is the one we have to watch for,” said Storm Team 5 meteorologist Mike Wankum. “The wave action is going to have chance to build at that point.”


Blizzard warning issued for Massachusetts coast 

BOSTON —The Blizzard of 2014 will be known as a weather event with the most impact on eastern Massachusetts, where one small town north of Boston saw 21 inches of snow by  Thursday evening.

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“It’s not impossible that some areas could see 30 inches of snow,” said Storm Team 5 meteorologist Harvey Leonard.

The blizzard that is bringing heavy snow, strong winds, coastal flooding and dangerously cold weather forced Gov. Deval Patrick to close state government Friday, as he urged private employers to do the same.

“Stay off the roads,” Patrick said.

The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the entire Massachusetts coastline.  Boxford saw 21 inches by late evening, while 19.5 inches were record in Topsfield.

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Emergency officials raised considerable concern about the dangers the extreme cold will bring, with wind chills of 25 to 30 below zero reported in the early morning hours Friday.

“This storm presents a different set of dangers,” said Patrick. “The temperatures will be extreme.”

“It is some of the coldest weather I have ever seen with heavy snow,” said Leonard, noting single-digit temperatures in Boston Friday and predicting record cold temps on Saturday.

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Here are the major things to know about the storm:

  1. In addition to heavy snow, the storm has brought strong winds, extremely cold temperatures and the potential for coastal flooding.
  2. There is a likelihood of  coastal flooding and erosion along the Massachusetts east coast Friday at noon.
  3. The snow should begin to taper off Friday morning and end around noon.
  4. At Logan Airport, airlines suspended flights at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and said they would try resume at noon Friday.
  5. The worst of the storm was late Thursday and early  Friday with 1 to 2 inch per hour snowfall rates.
  6. There will be a widespread accumulation of 10 to 15 inches in Massachusetts inside Route 495. Areas north and south of Boston could see up to 30 inches.  Central Massachusetts, the Cape & Islands and southern New Hampshire  could see 6 to 10 inches.
  7. Ocean-effect snow dumped snow in Essex County Thursday and was doing the same on the South Shore and Cape Cod Friday.
  8. Bitterly cold and dangerous weather will follow with blowing and drifting.  Saturday morning could see temperatures at or below zero.
  9. Boston and many other communities declared snow emergencies and parking bans.
  10. Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operate between Boston and Washington.  Passengers should expect reduced frequencies, particularly in New England.
  11.  The “fluff factor” with such cold weather increased the snowfall totals.  Here’s the formula:
  • 1 inch of water at 30 degrees = 10 inches of snow
  • 1 inch of water at 23 degrees = 15 inches of snow
  • 1 inch of water at 17 degrees = 20 inches of snow
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Foot of snow already in Topsfield MA on Thursday 1/2/2014 at 4:30PM!

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