CWN Storm Team coverage of the Blizzard of ’16 part 2

CAPE COD – Haven’t we’ve been here before? A Blizzard Warning is in effect until 7 p.m. We are in storm mode. Watch this article for continuing coverage of this latest winter blast.

6:30 p.m. update: Steady snow has filled back in because of an ocean enhancement. Another inch or two could fall. Roads will remain slippery, and in addition to the snowfall, blowing snow will reduce visibility.

5 p.m. update:
The heaviest snow is starting to tape off. Yarmouthport, Brewster and Orleans all reporting 9 inches. Wind gusts to 65 MPH on Nantucket, 51 MPH in Chatham. The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee reports that the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) will end operations at 6 p.m. Monday and all Regional Shelter System partners have been released from stand-by status. CWN’s Jake O’Callaghan sent in this video of salvage efforts on that sailboat aground at Pleasant Bay in Harwich earlier:

3 p.m. update: The ocean did spill into the marsh at Balston Beach in Truro during high tide. The image below is from video tweeted by Sandwich Police showing the tide flowing into the parking lot at the Town Boardwalk. There have been no reports of any significant damage along the coast. The late evening tide is not expected to be as high.

2 p.m. update: Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) between Old Barnstable Road and Job’s Fishing Road is closed due to a broken utility pole. Provincetown Police report a broken pole around 40 Commercial Street in the far west end. The previous large outage in Provincetown is clear. Many reports of over 6 inches of snow, with 7 in West Yarmouth. Thankfully the snow is more powdery than originally feared. 60 customers scattered across the Cape without power. State Police report a section of Route 6 by mile marker 80 between exits 9 and 10 is temporarily closed while a crashed vehicle is towed out.

1 p.m. update: Harwich Police tweeted this photo of a beached sailboat at the edge of a windswept Pleasant Bay. 548 customers without power in Provincetown. Crews working a wire problem in town as of this report. 64 MPH wind gust on Nantucket. Many reports of over 6 inches of snow with drifting in some areas. A number of reports of streets flooded along the shore but no major damage. Take a good look at the satellite photo below. The storm is about 400 miles away but still giving us a strong hit. It is so intense it has an eye like a hurricane.
020816 1200 visible satellite

12:00 p.m. update:
Some coastal roads experiencing over wash. Chatham Police tweeted the above photo of Ryder’s Cove under water. 6.2 inches of snow in West Falmouth, 3 inches in Harwich where CWN’s Jake O’Callaghan took this photo of whiteout conditions there:

11:00 a.m. update: The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) issued a statement stating that they have activated the Multi Agency Command Center (MACC) at the County Complex in Bourne and are monitoring the storm. There is no shelter activation at this time. The previous larger outage in Orleans appears to have been restored. Chatham Police tweeted this photo of whiteout conditions in the Fox Hill Road area:

10:20 a.m. update: Roads getting bad. Travel not recommended unless its an emergency. Bourne Police tweeted the below photo of a jack-kniffed tractor-trailer unit on the Route 25 onramp from the rotary. No injuries reported in a rollover crash in Truro on Route 6 at the Pamet Roads exit. 443 Eversource customers without power in Orleans.

9 a.m. update: 3.5 inches of snow in Centerville. Previous power outage in Bourne has been restored. 39 customers without power in scattered locations. A handful of those may still be from Friday’s storm.

5 a.m. update:
Winds picked up quickly already gusting over 40 MPH in Provincetown. A new power outage affecting 350 customers in Bourne. This as crews work to restore the last dozen customers still out from Friday’s storm. Snow starting to spread onshore. Governor Baker declared a State of Emergency in several counties including Barnstable. State officers are closed and non-essential state employees should not report for work.


  1. Live local says:

    Nice 12am update… hehe

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