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Winter Storm Approaching: Are You Ready?

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Storms by on January 3, 2018 0 Comments • views: 392

The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Eastern Plymouth, Barnstable and Dukes Counties. Cape Cod is bracing for some wild winter weather.  The NWS is predicting a 100% chance of precipitation Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, here’s what we can expect:

Overnight: Snow will begin overnight and continue to fall until around 5 AM. Light and variable wind, becoming northeast 11-16 MPH after midnight, with gusts up to 28 MPH.

1:00 AM:  A blizzard warning goes into effect.

5:00 AM: Snow is expected to change to rain with winds from the northeast at 24-29 MPH.

2:00 PM: Snow is expected to mix in with rain. Northeast winds of 24-29 MPH, increasing to 34-39 MPH.

4:00 PM: Snow will begin, heavy at times, and continue through the evening. Northeast winds of 34-39 MPH are expected, with gusts up to 70 MPH.

The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) held a conference call at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 3, 2018, to discuss preparations for the approaching winter storm.

With the track of the storm moving further westward, a period of rain is expected, which will lessen the snow totals on the Cape and Islands. The heaviest winds are predicted to occur between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Coastal flooding is a concern on the Bay side of Cape Cod during the 1 p.m. high tide on Thursday.

Heavy winds could cause power outages. Electric utility Eversource will stage tree, pole, and line crews on the Cape ahead of the storm.  The energy company is anticipating tree-related damage to its electric system and will have crews and support staff ready to respond. Customers are encouraged to prepare for the possibility of outages.

“Based on current forecasts, we anticipate the coming storm to impact much of our Massachusetts service area with heavy snow and high winds throughout the day on Thursday,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Field Operations Doug Foley. “Our ongoing system improvements and tree maintenance program play an important role in our ability to minimize storm-related outages and, when outages do occur, we work to restore power as safely and as quickly as possible.”

Eversource lineworkers, contractors and tree crews will be ready to assist with restoring power to customers affected by storm-related outages. Customers should report power outages online at, or by calling 1-800-592-2000 in Eastern Mass. and 1-877-659-6326 in Western Mass.

Eversource customers can also report an outage by text and receive on-demand text status updates on their restoration. They can also sign up through the Storm Preparedness section at to receive outage and restoration updates about their electric service in the channels they choose – text, email and phone.

Based on current forecasts of blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow, followed by extreme cold, Eversource reminds customers that safety is its top priority, and the ability of crews to travel and begin damage repairs may be reduced until conditions subside.

“With the forecast calling for extremely cold temperatures to return following this major storm, we encourage customers to prepare now for the possibility of power outages and take extra precautions to stay safe,” added Foley.

The Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center will be activated at 6 AM Thursday. The organization will make a decision about the status of the Barnstable County Regional Shelter System later today.

The BCREPC advises the citizens of Barnstable County to be prepared for winter weather conditions and refrain from driving during the storm to enable highway crews to treat and clear the roads and utility crews to restore power as needed.

 Storm Facts

  • Blizzard warning in effect from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday
  • Coastal flood warning is in effect from 11 a.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Thursday
  • At the height of the storm winds could gust as high as 70 mph
  • Bitterly cold air will flow in behind the storm
  • Citizens should be prepared for power outages
  • The Barnstable County MACC will be activated at 6 a.m. Thursday


Preparedness and Safety Tips

from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 

 Safety and preparedness tips for extreme cold

Winter storm preparedness and safety information

Power outage preparedness and safety information

Flood safety tips

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