Updated: Cape agencies preparing for nor’easter

The above video is the predicted progression of the storm moving through the region per NWS

CAPE COD – Local public safety agencies are preparing for the nor’easter on Tuesday. The latest computer models have trended west increasing the likeliness of a change to rain after a few inches. High, potentially damaging, winds are still predicted and could cause down limbs and scattered power outages. Coastal flooding and beach erosion are likely at the time of high tide, especially from the Canal to Rock Harbor and along the outer ocean beaches.

DENNIS: Dennis Police have declared a parking ban will begin at 6 AM on Tuesday and last until 6 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.Vehicles parked on roadways may be towed at the owner’s expense. This will allow for the DPW to properly clear the roadways.

PROVINCETOWN – With the general uncertainty of the track of the storm the snow emergency parking ban will go into effect at 2:00 AM Tuesday (tonight). The parking ban will allow our DPW road crews to plow curb to curb and get the streets cleared, and it is essential that everybody respect the parking ban so that our DPW team can work quickly and safely, as more cold weather is slated to follow.

Snow may be heavy at times as the morning progresses. With the warm air intrusion, a coastal front will set up a snow/mix line in SE MA. Exactly where this sets up will determine how much mix or rain becomes involved.

There will be a sharp cutoff to the snowfall from south to north over a very short distance. Snow bands associated with this storm will be very narrow, resulting in wide variability in the amount of snowfall received. There is a chance for lake effect enhancement with this storm in our area.

Our area will likely see 4 to 6 inches of snow with localized totals of up to 8 inches, with the highest amounts most likely to fall along the south coast and the Cape and Islands.

If you normally park on a designated (there are signs) emergency snow removal route, you should plan ahead and move your car to a safe location.

Please remove vehicles from the following snow removal streets; Alden Street, Atlantic Avenue, Brewster Street, Center Street, the entire length of Commercial Street, Conant Street (Upper & Lower), Cottage Street, Cudworth Street, Johnson Street, , Montello Street (Upper & Lower), Nickerson Street (Upper & Lower), Miller Hill Road, Pearl Street (Upper & Lower), Pleasant Street, Prince Street, Pricilla Alden, Ryder Street, Standish Street and West Vine Street.

Please understand that a vehicle left on the roadway during a snow storm hampers our snow management efforts and will be ticketed and towed at their owner’s expense.

Please be patient and cooperate with our personnel should they be working in your area.

We have a limited window of opportunity to prepare and want to maximize these efforts.

Pedestrians are urged to wear bright clothing and always walk facing the oncoming traffic.

The men and women of the Provincetown Police Department are here to help you with any situation. Please call us anytime at 508-487-1212.

PROVINCETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT: non-emergency – 508-487-1212
PROVINCETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT: non-emergency – 508-487-7023
PROVINCETOWN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: 508-487-7074 or email: [email protected]

NSTAR: 1-800-592-2000
VERIZON: 1-800-837-4966
COMCAST: 1-800-266-2278

YARMOUTH: Yarmouth Police report that they have been in ongoing contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee, and other federal, state, and local emergency management related agencies and is fully prepared to protect and serve as needed throughout the storm period. YPD is offering the following tips and emergency contacts:

  • Please do not drive during the storm. If you must drive, keep headlights and taillights on, clear all snow and ice, wear seatbelts, give plows and sanders extra room, and drive extra cautiously.
  • Stay away from downed wires or utility poles. Assume all downed wires are “live” and stay away.
  • Persons dependent on electrically powered life support systems should have a prearranged plan concerning power outage situations.

Emergency Supplies to Have Available

  • Emergency food
  • Flashlights
  • Portable, battery-operated radio
  • Fresh batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Water for drinking, cooking, and flushing

Important phone numbers
All power outages—NSTAR 1-800-592-2000
Non-emergency Fire hazards—The Yarmouth Fire Department 508-398-2212
Non-emergency Police hazards—The Yarmouth Police Department 508-775-0445 extension 0

BCREPC: The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee released the following statement on the storm:
The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a planning conference call at 4 p.m. Monday to review the latest forecast on the approaching winter storm.

STATUS: The BCREPC will activate the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The MACC is operated by the Barnstable County All Hazard Incident Management Team. The BCREPC will continue to monitor forecasts and evaluate conditions throughout the duration of the storm. The Regional Emergency Shelter System is on standby but there are no plans for activation at this time.

Travel is expected to be very dangerous during the day on Tuesday. The BCREPC urges citizens to stay off the roads and highways until crews have had a chance to clear them. Do not go near any downed wires or poles because they might be energized.

Cape Wide News will be closely monitoring this storm and provide continuing coverage of the nor’easter.

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