CWN Storm Team coverage of the winter storm
ALL CAPE COD SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED; Sandwich got 12+ inches.
CAPE COD - A major winter storm is having a significant impact on the Cape. High winds and heavy wet snow buffeted the area. Travel overnight was treacherous at best and will only slowly improve. Power outages did not become extensive as feared. See below for our complete coverage of the storm.
7:00 a.m update: The worst is over. A wind advisory continues until 2 p.m. Fortunately the power situation did not get as bad as feared. Wellfleet is leading the way with 13.5 inches reported. Generally a foot on the upper Cape (see list here). Peak wind gusts were 60 MPH reported at Woods Hole, 55 MPH at Nantucket, and 52 MPH in Provincetown. CWN's Richard Copley found this satelite image (water vapor) on the NWS site taken at 11:45 p.m. showing the tightly wound center of the storm just offshore.
12:00 a.m. update: Fire at Provincetown school
PROVINCETOWN - Just after 10 p.m. a police officer investigating an alarm sounding discovered a fire at the Veterans Memorial School in Provincetown. Firefighters already on call due to the storm arrived and confirmed a fire in one of the classrooms. Other firefighters like yours truly had to hike to the school on foot in the blinding, wind driven snow. The school's sprinkler system saved the day by dousing the flames in a classroom. There was smoke and water damage but what could have been a major blaze was confined to one room. The cause is beleived to be a malfunctioning power unit for a computer and is not considered suspicious. Speaking of schools, one of our readers asked about school cancelations. As of this hour no cancelations have been received. (see update above all schools did in fact close) Best bet is to listen to the news on one of the Cape stations in the morning. Photo by Tim Caldwell.
10:00 p.m. update: Winds continue to increase. Nantucket reports sustained 45 MPH gusting to 54 MPH, Provincetown sustained 35 MPH gusts to 52 MPH. Our amateur radio operator in Woods Hole just clocked a 60 MPH gust. Several reports on the upper Cape of 8 inches of snow.
9 p.m. update: Winter Storm Warning reissued by the weather service. Reports of near blizzard conditions with 2 inch per hour snows in Sandwich where 6 inches have already fallen. 7 inches is reported in Brewster. A number of scattered power outages are being reported in various parts of the Cape including Barnstable, Falmouth and Harwich.8 p.m. update: Snow continues to fall at a good clip. CWN's Walter Brooks reports vehicles off the road on both sides of Route 6 near the Bass River (see top photo). Elsewhere a few more fender benders but it appears most people are now heeding warnings to stay home. Peak wind gusts at this hour 52 MPH in Nantucket, 48 MPH in Provincetown. An amateur radio operator in Woods Hole reports 53 MPH. So many vehicles have become stuck on the Scenic Highway in Bourne that State Police have closed that road down.
6 p.m. update: A child was injured in a crash in Barnstable just after 5 p.m. when a vehicle struck a tree on Route 6A near the Yarmouth town line. Two people including the child were taken to Cape Cod Hospital. The child's injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening...Northeast winds as of 6 p.m. were sustained at 30 MPH. Highest gusts were 49 MPH in Nantucket and 41 MPH in Provincetown. 4 inches of snow is reported in Dennis.
5 p.m. update: The weather service has downgraded the Winter Storm Warning to a Snow Advisory. 3-6 inches of heavy wet snow are still forecast with the worst over by late midnight. High winds will continue to be the main concern with warning continued into Monday morning with power line damage still a concern. A two-vehicle crash on North Falmouth Highway in Falmouth shortly after 4:30 p.m. required the Jaws of Life to free one of the occupants. None of the injuries appear serious. A parking ban is in effect in Provincetown as of 5 p.m.
3 p.m. update: Numerous fender benders. Four people walked away from a rollover on Emerald Lane off School Street in Marstons Mills. Another car vs pole in Cotuit. A CWN reader reports three separate crashes on Head of The Bay Road in the Buzzards Bay section of Bourne. A parking ban will go in effect in Dennis at 4 p.m. until noon Monday.
2 p.m. update: Steady snow falling across the Cape. Roads becoming slippery and many fender benders are already being reported. One report of a tree tangling wires in Bourne. Parking bans will likely be going in effect in many towns. CWN's Kevin Morley reports on a flurry of crashes in Dennis: A two-car crash on Route 134 near the Fresh Pond Recreation Area and a car into a pole on Airline Road had fire and police scrambling amidst busy Sunday afternoon traffic. The crash on 134 occurred when a northbound Toyota Camry with three occupants lost control and went sideways into the path of a Dodge sedan headed south carrying a woman and two young children. There were no injuries. Just as firefighters were securing the scene, an older-model Lincoln Town Car (pictured) lost control on Airline Road just north of Propeller Way and slammed into a utility pole, badly damaging it. An occupant of the vehicle was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with head injuries. Just north of that scene, another car skidded off the Airline Road in what was described as a minor incident. Airline Road will be closed until NSTAR is able to secure the damaged pole. Photo by Kevin Morley.
West Barnstable chimney fire
West Barnstable firefighters were called to a chimney fire that forced the evacuation of the occupants (right).
WEST BARNSTABLE - Firefighters were called to the scene of a chimney fire in a large 2 1/2 story occupied home at 510 Willow Street off Cedar Street in West Barnstable about 11 a.m. Three occupants had to evacuate into the snow as firefighters found smoke and flames in the fire place and also coming out of the chimney. The ladder was put to the roof to the exterior of the chimney. Every time they thought the fire was contained, it would flare up again until they put a special chain down the chimney to clear the blockage. The fire was declared out at 1:30 p.m. and units began to clear. Photos by Frank Paparo.