Chatham clobbered

The town literally closed during Friday's blizzard
Pentimenmto, like the rest of Chatham, was closed Friday. Pat Brooks photos.

Not only flights canceled -
A whole town is closed

Chatham was closed on Friday

While the "New Year's Blizzard" ended in the rest of New England by noon on Friday, a lingering ocean effect continued to plummet on the Cape's outer shore until dark.

As I drove through Chatham around 3pm I didn't see a single shop open for business.

On the left and below a snowdrift blocks the entrance of the Pentimento shop at 584 Main Street.

Outer Cape Ocean Effect
lasted until nightfall

Yesterday's major snowstorm impacted the Northeast Friday morning after dumping as much as a foot of snow in cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Boston since Thursday.

The worst of the storm was along the New England coast where upwards of a foot of snow have been reported with Boxford on the North Shore getting just under two feet of the white, fluffy stuff.

Cape elbow gets the worst and longest due to Ocean Effect Snow

On right is what the Chatham fish pier landing looked like at high tide yesterday afternoon.

Gusty winds also accompanied the snow, making for blizzard conditions from New York to Boston with wind gusts as high as 50 mph report in Chatham and Nantucket.

Long after the Boston television stations were reporting that the storm was over, the Outer Cape continued to get several more inches of snow from the continuing ocean effect.

According to AccuWeather, Ocean Effect is a very precise phenomenon that only occurs once or twice every winter and is the most common found after an arctic cold frontal passage during December or January as the water temperatures of Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are rather mild relatively speaking. Northerly winds are the most favorable winds for ocean effect snow on Cape Cod and Nantucket.

 Fresh Sushi and Fried Seafood

At least that's what the signs say at the Chatham Pier Fish Market proclaim at the fish pier on the right.

Yesterday's major snowstorm impacted the Northeast Friday morning after dumping as much as a foot of snow in cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh since Thursday.

The worst of the storm is focusing along the New England coast where upwards of a foot of snow have been reported with Boxford in the north shore getting just under two feet.

Gusty winds also accompanied this snow, making for blizzard conditions from New York to Boston with wind gusts as high as 50 mph.

Pentimento on Main Street was closed and covered with a snow drift.


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