Winds over 80 mph reported on Nantucket
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.