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Thousands of customers are without power on Cape Cod

Leon Peshkin cross country skis along Vineyard Sound off Surf Drive in Falmouth on Sunday.Bill Greene/Globe Staff

After pounding the region with more than two feet of snow and fierce winds, Saturday’s storm system has moved out of the area. Locations on the South Coast, Cape Cod, and the Islands are without power. Learn more below on the cleanup efforts underway and take a look back at how the storm unfolded.

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Monday, Jan. 31, 2022

 

Revere public schools will be closed Monday — 5:19 a.m

By Allana J. Barefield, Globe Correspondent

Revere public schools will be closed on Monday, officials announced.


 

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022

 

Are these guys looking for Dunkin’ in a blizzard the most Massachusetts people ever? — 11:00 p.m.

By Nick Stoico, Globe Correspondent

What do you do when your cable cuts out during a bomb cyclone?

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Strap on your ski goggles and enter the squall in search of an open Dunkin’.

That’s what two guys in Scituate decided to do Saturday, and along the way they stopped for a quick interview with WCVB-TV reporter Peter Eliopoulos.

School to be closed in Medford, Quincy — 9:14 p.m.

By John Hilliard, Andrew Brinker, Deanna Pan and Nick Stoico, Globe Staff, Globe Correspondent, Globe Staff, and Globe Correspondent

For many communities Sunday, the challenge was clearing the deep snow left by the storm.

That included Quincy and Medford, where schools will be closed Monday, officials announced.

Mass. crews clear roads after Saturday’s bomb cyclone — 8:05 p.m.

By John Hilliard, Andrew Brinker, Deanna Pan and Nick Stoico, Globe Staff, Globe Correspondent, Globe Staff, and Globe Correspondent

Battered by a Saturday blizzard that hammered eastern Massachusetts, residents spent a sunny but frigid Sunday digging out from a storm that left tens of thousands without power, while crews cleared roads and transit lines ahead of Monday’s commute.

Across the region, utilities were working to restore electrical service for about 11,600 customers early Sunday evening. But despite the storm’s ferocity — high winds, coastal flooding, whiteout conditions, and more than 2 feet of snow in some places — there appeared to be few other signs of widespread damage in the aftermath Sunday.

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Customers still without power in Chatham — 6:53 p.m.

By Nick Stoico, Globe Correspondent

About 86 percent of customers in Chatham were still without power as of 6 p.m. Sunday, including at the Chatham Inn, where general manager Lyn Francis said the Inn’s generator was keeping the lights and heat on in the lobby and a few of rooms. No guests stayed at the Inn on Saturday, all having canceled their visits, Francis said, but a few area residents, including a woman in her 90s, were spending the night there on Sunday after losing power and heat in their homes.

“We were closed [Saturday] but I do have a few locals staying here tonight who don’t have heat in their homes,” she said. “Anyone who was anticipating staying here [Saturday] night called us 24 to 48 hours prior and made the decision not to make the journey.”

Eversource said it was expecting to have power back on for virtually all Chatham residents by 6 p.m. Monday.

Francis said she stepped outside on Sunday and it was rather nice with the sun shining despite the bitter cold.

“I went out this morning to look ... and the sun was out and the sky was blue,” she said. “It was very, very cold, but also very picturesque and beautiful.”

Francis has lived in Chatham for four years and previously spent 30 years in Vermont, so she’s no stranger to intense winter weather.

“We’ll get through it, we always do,” she said. “You just have to be patient and do the best you can.”

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School canceled in Marshfield, open in Stoughton — 5:50 p.m.

By Lauren Booker, Globe Staff

Marshfield Public Schools will be closed on Monday, according to a statement from Joanie Pozerski, with the superintendent’s office.

Superintendent Thomas Raab said in a Sunday statement that school will resume on Monday for Stoughton Public Schools.

Thousands of Cape Cod homes without power — 4:46 p.m.

By Nick Stoico, Globe Correspondent

Thousands of residents on Cape Cod were still waiting for their power to come back on late Sunday afternoon as cleanup from Saturday’s powerful nor’easter got underway.

An estimated 38,000 homes across the Cape still hadn’t had their power restored as of Sunday afternoon, according to the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee. County officials estimated that the power would be back on for 99 percent of Cape residents by 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

“There are currently 1,000+ Eversource crews working to help restore power in the region, with public safety crews working closely with towns to clean up hazardous road conditions,” the committee said in a statement.

Eversource said it had crews from Connecticut and New Hampshire assisting in the restoration effort on Sunday.

The most widespread outages were reported in Chatham, where 7,474 customers were without power as of 3:40 p.m., about 87 percent of customers in the town, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The town saw wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour on Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Power is expected to be returned to virtually all customers in Chatham by 6 p.m. on Monday, according to Eversource.

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The town of Barnstable had 8,696 customers (28 percent) without power as of about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to MEMA. Eversource said it expects to have restored power for virtually all customers in Barnstable by 11:59 p.m. Monday.

Power companies were also working to get the lights turned on in Provincetown, where nearly all utility customers lost their power for several hours on Saturday. Most had their power restored by late Sunday afternoon, but about 14 percent of customers (847 customers) still didn’t have power as of 3:40 p.m., according to MEMA. Eversource said it was expecting to have the power back on for virtually all customers in Provincetown by the end of Sunday.

On Nantucket, where seawater flooded the island town’s streets brought on storm surges of more than 3 feet on Saturday morning, the power was on Sunday afternoon for all but about 800 customers on the island, or about 6 percent, according to MEMA.

Shelters and warming stations in Eastham, Falmouth, and Hyannis were opened Saturday for anyone who lost power or got stuck in the storm. By Sunday afternoon, the Eastham and Falmouth shelters had closed “due to a combination of low turnout of shelter attendees and progress of power restoration efforts,” the county said.

Measuring snow totals on the Cape can be tricky because of the high winds, and on Saturday some towns were hit with gusts between 60 and 80 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

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The weather service estimated that towns on the Cape got anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of snow by the time the storm left the region early Sunday morning, with a high of 20 inches in Bourne and 13 inches in East Sandwich and Mashpee, and 12 inches in Hyannis, Yarmouth, and Brewster, according to the weather service.

County officials asked drivers on the Cape to avoid traveling on Sunday as crews continued to clear roads, which were still hazardous with ice as temperatures were expected to hang around the mid 20s through Monday.

School canceled in Rockport, delayed in Mansfield — 4:15 p.m.

By Lauren Booker, Globe Staff

The snowstorm on Saturday spurned clean-up efforts and also disruptions to school schedules for Monday.

Mansfield Public Schools will have a one hour delay on Monday, according to a statement from Dyana Bogdan, administrative assistant in the superintendent’s office.

Superintendent Rob Liebow said in a statement that school is canceled for Rockport Public Schools on Monday.

Service resumes for MBTA Green Line D Branch, Orange Line, and Red Line — 3:45 p.m.

By Tonya Alanez, Globe Staff

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority said on Twitter that service has resumed for Green Line D Branch, Orange Line, and Red Line.

Earlier today, shuttle buses were being used for Green Line D Branch, and there were delays for the Orange Line and Red Line.

Service on the Mattapan Trolley Line is expected to resume tomorrow.

Wu says snow emergency will be lifted on Monday, schools to be open — 1:52 p.m.

By Lauren Booker, Globe Staff

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the snow emergency and parking ban that have been in place during the snowstorm will be lifted on Monday at 6 a.m., according to a Sunday statement released by the mayor’s office.

Boston Public Schools, Boston City Hall, Boston Public Library branches, and BCYF community centers will be open on Monday, according to the statement.

“This was a historic storm and we truly saw so much collaboration from our city workers and the community,” Wu said in the statement. “I’m so grateful for the incredible teamwork to have the roads mostly cleared already. I’m so thankful to everyone who took the time to check on their neighbors and stayed off the streets.”

In Plymouth, homes begin to regain power — 1:39 p.m.

By Jenna Russell

Though several hundred homes in Plymouth were still without power Sunday morning, most residents were spared lengthy outages, an outcome that -- along with blue skies and sunshine -- produced general good spirits in the storm’s aftermath.

Brittany Coy, manager of the Marylou’s coffee shop in Plymouth’s Manomet village, drove an hour to work from Cape Cod on roads that were still messy early Sunday morning. She shoveled two feet of snow to reach the store’s front door, only to discover the locks were frozen. After shoveling out a side door and making her way inside to brew hot coffee, she found her diligence warmly appreciated by the neighborhood.

“We’ve had some $20 tips this morning,” Coy said. “People keep saying, ‘Thank you for coming to work.’”

Storm caused problems and delays for train and air travel — 12:01 p.m.

John Hilliard, Globe Staff

Jamey Tesler, the state’s transportation secretary, said during the press conference that MBTA crews were continuing to clear snow and ice from critical switch locations and main railyards, and clean up platforms, bus stops, and parking lots.

Saturday’s storm continued to impact transit service Sunday.

Buses replaced Blue Line service between Orient Heights and Government Center stations, he said, while electricians worked on signal systems near Maverick station.

Along the Green Line’s D branch, buses replaced service between Riverside and Kenmore stations as crews cleared snow along the tracks, he said.

Bus service also replaced service between Mattapan and Ashmont stations as snow removal work continued on the Mattapan line, he said.

Tesler said Charlestown ferry service has resumed, and Commuter Rail lines are operating on a Sunday schedule. He advised transit riders to check mbta.com for service updates Sunday.

People are encouraged to check with airlines before venturing out to Logan International Airport or Worcester Regional Airport Sunday, Tesler said.

At Logan, most airlines were expected to resume flights around midday or early afternoon. Cleanup is still underway around Logan and in the Seaport, he said.

The first flight arrived at Logan around 10 a.m., according to a Massport spokeswoman.

More than 52,000 customers are still without power — 10:18 a.m.

Christina Prignano, Globe Staff

As cleanup began after Saturday’s blizzard, more than 52,000 electric customers were without power Sunday morning in Massachusetts, mostly on Cape Cod.

Outages were concentrated in Chatham, where nearly 90 percent of customers had no power, and surrounding communities, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. See how your community is faring on our map.

Crews are working to restore power after heavy snow and whipping winds downed trees and power lines as a powerful nor’easter slammed into Massachusetts on Saturday.

Polito urges motorists to be patient and careful — 10:11 a.m.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito provided an update at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Headquarters in Framingham on Sunday morning. She said that cleanup efforts will be underway Sunday and continuing into Monday.

She recommended that motorists today be careful and patient because not all roads are clear.

Polito said that shelters and warming stations are set up for people without power. Outages mostly are in southeastern areas of the state and Cape Cod.

Region begins digging out — 8:51 a.m.

The region woke up to clearer skies Sunday, as the cleanup continued from the massive winter storm that pummeled the East Coast this weekend.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation reported Sunday morning that it had more than 1,000 pieces of equipment deployed in storm operations, and that there was a 40 mph speed limitation on I-90 between NY-Southborough and Framingham.

The department advised that Quincy Shore Drive, which had been closed overnight because of flooding, had been reopened, and echoed Governor Baker’s call from yesterday that residents should avoid travel if possible.

Voula Menham and her father Perry Servants, both of Medford, cleared the driveway in front of his Medford home on Sunday morning.Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Up to 30 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts — 8:34 a.m.

Snow totals in New England.Screen capture

Parts of Massachusetts received more than two feet of snow from the blizzard that slammed the region Saturday. The highest snow totals were concentrated south of Boston, with Stoughton, Sharon, and Quincy all recording 30 inches or more, according to the National Weather Service.

Visit our snowfall total map for a town-by-town look at how the snow accumulated throughout New England.


Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured the blizzard — 3:20 a.m.

By Allana J. Barefield, Globe Correspondent

Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured the blizzard in Truro, Mass., where sand, snow, and winds affected the area.

Boston has tied the record for a one-day snowfall — 12:08 a.m.

By Allana J. Barefield, Globe Correspondent

Boston received 23.6 inches of snow Saturday, tying its record for a one-day snowfall, according to the National Weather Service.


 

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022

 

Rhode Island residents capture moments from the snowstorm — 11:07 p.m.

By Alyssa Vega, Globe Correspondent

Rhode Island residents shared images of the weather conditions on social media on Saturday, which showed more than a foot of snow.

Blizzard conditions were confirmed at several locations in R.I. including Providence, Westerly, Newport, and Block Island, the National Weather Service announced.


Couple gets married outside Providence Public Library during storm — 9:57 p.m.

By Lauren Booker, Globe Staff

The powerful snowstorm bearing down on New England didn’t stop one couple from getting married on Saturday.

With snow boots on, the bride Sally Faulkner, wearing a veil, and the groom Adam Irujo, in a tuxedo, exchanged their vows outside of the Providence Public Library, according to WPRI-TV.

Photojournalist Corey Welch shared a video of the special moment that happened outside amidst the falling snow.

Massive snowstorm confirmed as blizzard in areas of Massachusetts, Rhode Island — 8:37 p.m.

By Alyssa Vega, Globe Correspondent

With high wind gusts and a total of one to two feet of snow across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the National Weather Service confirmed that blizzard conditions were met in some areas.

The locations in R.I. that met blizzard criteria were Providence, Westerly, Newport, and Block Island, according to a NWS statement issued at 5:31 p.m. Boston, Worcester, Beverly, Hyannis, Marshfield, and Martha’s Vineyard in Mass. were also locations that met blizzard conditions.

NWS defines a blizzard as when “falling and/or blowing snow reduces visibility to below 1/4 mile along with winds that frequently gust to 35 MPH or more. These blizzard conditions must be the predominant reported condition for at least three consecutive hours.”

Streets flood on Nantucket during morning high tide — 8:15 p.m.

By Nick Stoico, Globe Staff

Several streets on Nantucket flooded with seawater during high tide Saturday morning as the powerful nor’easter brought with it storm surges of over 3 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The tide came in around 9:30 a.m. and was estimated to be 3.3 feet above the normal astronomical high tide, said Rob Megnia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norton.

The water was high enough for a group of Nantucket High School students to paddle the streets in a canoe, as seen in a video shared on Twitter by the Nantucket Current, a newsletter for Nantucket Magazine.

Doctors Ashish Jha, Megan Ranney share their snowstorm experiences — 8:10 p.m.

By Alyssa Vega, Globe Correspondent

Doctor Ashish Jha and Megan Ranney, the deans of the school of public health at Brown University, share their experiences of the historic winter snowstorm via Twitter.

“2 1/2 hours of shoveling,” Jha shared on social media. “More snow still on the way.”

Videos: Skiers, snowboarders take to Boston streets during snowstorm — 7:32 p.m.

By Alyssa Vega, Globe Correspondent

Residents took advantage of the winter snowstorm Saturday evening and brought out their skies and snowboards to the streets of Boston.

Strong gusts continue to snow blast Rockport Granite Pier — 7:04 p.m.

By Michael Bailey, Globe Staff

“Push, not pull.’’

Such are the lessons if you are 2-year-old Ava Brackett, with her own snow shovel in her hand and a burning desire to pitch in.

“She always loves to help out,’’ said Sheena Brackett.

The two, along with Nico Brackett and neighbor Jim Ugone were out clearing the sidewalk as light fell late afternoon on Main Street, in front of Brackett’s Restaurant.

“It’s quite crazy,’’ said Ugone. “Quite beautiful too.

“Still love it.’’

Ugone reminisced about the snowstorms of 2015: “The snowbanks were, really, this high,’’ he said, raising his shovel as high as he can over his head.

By this time, the winds were falling, down to around 30 miles per hour sustained, but gusts will still burst snow into a walker’s -- or young snow shoveler’s -- face.

Nico and Ava got a treat for all their work: Ugone built them a snow cave into the bank.

As of 5 p.m., there were no reports of major damage to the marine areas of the town, said harbormaster Scott Story. Town administrator Mitch Vieira confirmed that, adding that there have been some blown transformers and spotty power outages. He said that crews were working to clear the major roads. “We are holding our own, really proud of them,’’ Vieira said. “We have such a great group at DPW.’’

Vieira said town officials are still concerned about the upcoming high tide, set for just before 9 p.m.

Ava and Nico Brackett played in a cave after helping clear the sidewalk late Saturday afternoon in front of Brackett's Oceanview Restaurant on Main Street in Rockport.Michael J. Bailey

Baker urges Mass. residents to stay home throughout winter storm — 6:45 p.m.

By Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

The winter storm that has been dropping up to four inches of snow an hour in Massachusetts is expected to wind down by the end of Saturday, but the cleanup could last into Monday, state officials said Saturday evening.

“It’s been a very long storm. We’re not quite out of the woods on it yet,” Governor Charlie Baker said at a news conference in Boston.

By the time the storm ends, some communities in southeastern Massachusetts could get as much as 30 inches of snow, he said, and Boston could be blanketed by two feet of snow.

Baker urged residents to stay home, saying snow removal crews need until at least mid-morning Sunday to prepare roads for travel. Many motorists stayed off the roads Saturday, he said, and that made it easier for snow plows to do their jobs.

Power outages, Baker said, aren’t likely to be resolved until Sunday because the storm’s high winds aren’t safe for utility crews. The outages are concentrated on Cape Cod and in the southeastern part of the state.

“We ask people to be patient,” he said.

Baker highlighted aspects of the storm that turned out favorably. State officials spent several days preparing for the snow, he said, and the storm unfolded the way forecasters said it would.

“That has made a big difference with respect to the fact that most of the prep everybody did was consistent with the storm as it actually was forecast and played out,” Baker said.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito said the state is coordinating with municipal officials, particularly on Cape Cod, the South Coast and South Shore, where the storm hit the hardest.

Nearly 30 communities activated emergency operation centers, and 10 shelters and five warming centers were opened in eastern and southeastern Massachusetts, she said.

“We will get through this weekend and work toward a full recovery,” Polito said.

Massive storm pelts the region, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people — 6:01 p.m.

By David Abel, John Hillard, and Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

Packing brute force winds, a “bomb cyclone” of a winter storm barraged much of Eastern Massachusetts Saturday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people, disrupting travel, and leaving officials scrambling to assess the damage.

With its blinding snow and punishing winds, the nor’easter drew comparisons to the devastating Blizzard of ‘78, which dumped more than 27 inches of snow on Boston. The National Weather Service dubbed the storm a “bomb cyclone,” essentially a winter hurricane, as a result of the rapid drop in air pressure and strengthening of the storm.

By early evening, the National Weather Service confirmed the winter storm as a blizzard for Boston, Worcester, and Providence, as well as other locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


Despite travel ban, police in R.I. respond to dozens of accidents — 5:57 p.m.

By Alexa Gagosz, Globe Staff

Despite Rhode Island’s travel ban, state and local authorities responded to dozens of motor vehicle accidents on Saturday.

Between 12 a.m. and noon, Rhode Island State Police responded to 21 accidents and assisted 26 motorists who were either disabled or spun out.

In Providence, local police responded to 18 accidents, according to Commander Thomas Verdi. None has serious injuries.

The ban was designed to keep all motor vehicles off the roads so plows could clean the streets.

The city of Providence issued a parking ban that began at 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Since then, Verdi said police ticketed and towed 325 cars. Chief Hugh Clements told the Globe Friday that all tickets would cost $100 each and tow fee would be approximately $120, not including potential storage fees.

“This storm is the real deal,” he said.

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has suspended all bus lines on Saturday, but said it would run regular service on Saturday after the travel lifted is lifted.

“Riders may experience some delays or detours due to slippery road conditions or streets still being cleared. They are also advised to use extreme caution at bus stops,” warned one RIPTA advisory.

‘We’ve been through this before’: Scituate residents undeterred by powerful storm — 5:45 p.m.

By Andrew Brinker, Globe Staff

SCITUATE — Among the communities hardest hit by Saturday’s bellowing nor’easter was this coastal town, where howling winds sent waves crashing over the seawall, inundating roadways and rendering travel in some neighborhoods all but impossible.

But longtime residents here, several of whom said the storm was among the worst they’d ever seen, were undeterred by the bitter conditions. Some shoveled out their driveways. Others dashed through the snow-laden streets with their dogs. A man strolled through town with ski poles strapped to his wrists.

McKee extends travel ban to midnight in R.I. — 5:30 p.m.

By Alexa Gagosz, Globe Staff

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee extended the travel ban from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

“Conditions are still severe and visibility is poor,” said McKee in a tweet around 5 p.m. “I would like to thank Rhode Islanders for staying home and allowing us to clear the roads.”

Drastic snowbanks near Malden Center orange line MBTA stop — 5:18 p.m.

By Leah Becerra, Globe Staff

Winds are howling through downtown Malden, yet the MBTA buses and subways coming in and out of Malden Center on the orange line continue on their routes. Roads in the area are passable but far from clear. Sidewalks are also hit or miss for those walking in the area.

Visibility has not improved. Those outdoors will be lucky to see clearly beyond 1,000 feet.

Drastic snowbanks make it hard to get an accurate snowfall measurement in Malden’s downtown district. About half a mile south, near the Northern Strand Trail, untouched areas measure nearly 10 inches of snow as of 4:20 p.m.

Cars lacking snow tires or with low clearance will have a harder time traveling despite snowplow efforts. Even on foot, getting anywhere will be slow-going and arduous.

Near the Malden Center orange line MBTA stop, on Pleasant Street, snowbanks are everywhere. Whether walking or driving, the path isn't always clear of snow.Leah Becerra

Andy the plow driver is Massachusetts’ new favorite main character — 4:50 p.m.

By Colleen Cronin, Globe Correspondent

It’s almost like “buttah.”

That’s how one snow plow driver described Saturday’s snowfall.

“It’s real easy, it’s like bread and butter,” Andy Barr told WBZ reporter Anna Meiler, with a heavy Boston accent. “It’s like a Thomas’ English muffins with some jam spread nice and gets all the nooks and crannies.”

Video: Winter storm brings snow, high winds, and low visibility to Cambridge, Mass. — 4:37 p.m.

By Caitlin Healy, Globe Staff

Winter storm brings snow, high winds, and low visibility to Cambridge
Snowplows and a few brave students make their way up and down the streets of Cambridge, Mass. Saturday as the winter storm pummels Greater Boston. (Video by Caitlin Healy/Globe Staff, Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Parts of Rhode Island already nearing 2 feet of snow — 4:20 p.m.

By Alex Gagosz, Globe Staff

Some Rhode Island towns already have nearly two feet of snow.

Warren, along the Massachusetts’ border, has accumulated the most snow, with 21 inches as of 3 p.m., according to reports to the National Weather Service.

Both Newport and Cranston had 18 inches by 3 p.m.; Hopkinton had 17 inches as of 2:42 p.m.; and Providence had 16.5 inches of snow by 2:29 p.m.

MBTA keeps most service running during storm, warns of afternoon and evening disruptions — 3:48 p.m.

By Taylor Dolven, Globe Staff

Yonatan Granda worked clearing snow off MBTA platforms during Saturday’s storm while on a break from his job as a food runner for a restaurant. Just four months after moving to East Boston from Colombia, Saturday’s snowfall was the second time he’d experienced a snowstorm.

Starting a 6 a.m. at the Green Street station in Jamaica Plain, Granda, 22, carefully shoveled snow from the edge of the platform to its center to prevent ice buildup where passengers board the Orange Line cars. A balaclava and four layers of clothing were enough to keep him warm despite the whipping winds, he said.

“There’s so much snow blowing, there’s always snow on the platform,” he said in Spanish. “It’s pretty, but it gets really cold.”

Strong gusts and snow blast Rockport Granite Pier — 3:32 p.m.

By Michael Bailey, Globe Staff

After spiking just before noon, the speeds of the northeast winds are beginning to taper slightly; their howl of a lower pitch. Old Granite Pier, built for vessels to haul great slabs of granite from nearby Flat Ledge, Steel Derrick, and Carlson quarries a century ago for the Rockport Quarry Co., stoutly juts out into Sandy Bay. From the end of the pier, the full force of the full-on blizzard can be seen, heard, and felt.

Although the wind shrieks through the masts of the winterized boats on the lower pier, there appears to be no damage.

Farther out at sea, a buoy registers 17.4 foot seas and wind gusts pushing 65 miles per hour.

Strong gusts and snow blast Old Granite Pier in Rockport
Video by Michael Bailey/Globe Staff

‘No one should be leaving their house’: Red Cross urges people to stay home — 3:30 p.m.

By Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

The Red Cross of Massachusetts is urging residents to stay indoors, according to Kelly Isenor, a spokeswoman for the organization.

The organization canceled all blood drives on Saturday and there are no appointments available to donate blood on Sunday, she said.

The Red Cross is assisting at emergency shelters being operated by municipal officials in Plymouth and Weymouth, Isenor said. People who need to go to the shelters should call local emergency officials to arrange transportation, she said.

“No one should be leaving their house to drive in these conditions,” Isenor said.

The Red Cross is also monitoring power outages. Residents who are using a generator should do so safely, she said, and be sure not to operate the equipment in an enclosed or partially enclosed space.

Photos: Powerful nor’easter hits New England — 3:26 p.m.

By Globe Staff

Around New England, snow covered lonely street, residents struggled to clear driveways while wearing ski gear, and streets flooded with icy water. Here are scenes from Saturday’s winter storm.

Scituate- 01/29/22 Cooper Prophet(left) and his mother, Tjona(cq) Prophet battle the strong winds as they came to look at the flooding on Cole Parkway on the waterfront Saturday morning. They live in Scituate and walked to the area. The blizzard caused flooding along the shore in Scituate during the 8a.m. morning high tide as wind whipped snow caused blinding conditions. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff (metro)John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Video: High winds at White Horse Beach in Plymouth drove waves into homes — 2:52 p.m.

By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff

High winds and waves at White Horse Beach in Plymouth
High winds at White Horse Beach in Plymouth drove pounding waves and thick sea foam towards seasonal homes in the wake of high tide on Saturday. (Video by Jenna Russell/Globe Staff)

High winds, moderate flooding, and road closures reported in Plymouth — 2:37 p.m.

By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff

Plymouth officials reported some moderate flooding and road closures in coastal areas including Warren Avenue and Water Street, and minor damage to some harbor floats and gangways. Blowing snow cut visibility to almost zero.

A wind gust of 80 miles per hour was reported near White Horse Beach in Manomet, Plymouth Harbormaster Chad Hunter said, while sustained wind speeds ranged between 35 and 50 miles per hour. In the wake of the morning high tide, high winds drove thick sheets of quivering sea foam across the sand at White Horse Beach, past rows of seasonal cottages toward Taylor Avenue.

As power outages multiplied on the South Shore, more than a dozen people were transported to a storm shelter at Plymouth North High School after losing power at home, Hunter said. Residents in need of transportation to the shelter were asked to call the fire department at 508-830-4213, ext 0.

Wu says more than 900 pieces of equipment are clearing the snow — 2:32 p.m.

By Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

In Boston, Mayor Michelle Wu said more than 900 pieces of equipment were deployed Saturday to clear what could be a historic amount of snow. The storm marked the first time Wu has declared a snow emergency since she became mayor in November.

“This is the most pieces of equipment we’ve ever had out for a storm,” she said Saturday afternoon. “We’re hoping that that will mean that we can dig out at a reasonable pace.”

The pace of the cleanup will determine whether schools will reopen as planned on Monday, Wu said. She has scheduled a news conference for Sunday afternoon.

At 6 a.m. Saturday, Wu drove through the city with Mike Brohel, superintendent of streets at Boston Public Works. She said she’s also spent time visiting with city workers and the Engagement Center located in the area of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.

Snow has been falling fast, she said, and blown by high winds.

“That means we’re at zero visibility across a lot of the neighborhoods right now at the peak of the storm,” Wu said.

There have been some reports of scattered power outages in the city, but they’ve mostly been resolved, Wu said. She urged residents to be cautious about their health when clearing snow.

“And please be patient,” Wu said. “It’s going to take us a little while to dig out with this record level of snowfall and the wind still going.”

Videos: Huge waves crash into windows of a Plymouth hotel — 1:48 p.m.

By Lauren Booker, Globe Staff

The storm’s powerful winds caused waves that were so high that they almost covered the windows of a hotel in Plymouth.

A video posted by Boston 25 journalist Julianne Lima showed the storm’s impact on the Pilgrim Sands Hotel, a beachfront establishment on Warren Avenue.

Cape Cod resident settles into a Hyannis hotel amid the storm to feel safer — 1:34 pm.

By Carlos R. Muñoz, Globe Staff

In Hyannis, teams of snowplows are moving up and down arterial roads like Highway 6 and Iyannough Road where there are a string of hotels.

Most of the power is out and many of the hotels don’t have generators. They cannot check people in because computers are offline.

But every so often, a snow-covered car pulls under the canopy and a few people scurry out with their heads tucked inside their jackets to ask the attendant “are their rooms available?”

A man wearing a yellow “storm services” jacket said he’d been driving for 3 ½ hours looking for accommodations on Cape Cod. Like many others, he left a little defeated and disappeared into the blizzard.

Inside the hotel, half of the rooms have power.

About a dozen people have emerged from the rooms wearing jackets, chatting in the lobby with strangers as if they were sitting with family.

A man who asked to be identified as only Chuck lives on Cape Cod. Not far from the hotel actually, in a cottage, his mom owned in East Sandwich. The house sits about 100 feet from Cape Cod Bay.

Chuck says he lives alone now. His mom passed years ago and he inherited the house.

After riding out the “Perfect Storm” in 1991, and spending other storms at a work, he felt safer being in a hotel with other people. He sat in a chair in the lobby rather than his room commiserating with guests.

“The area I live is so isolated and there are other people like me here,” Chuck said. “I’ve spoken to four or five so far today that the conditions are much worse at their house without power, or they wouldn’t be here.”

Storms at Chuck’s house have knocked him down in the past. And storm surge has reached his steps before. One year, his door blew open and filled it with seafoam, which is whipped, dead organic matter from the sea. Algae, inorganic stuff, and human pollutants.

“The front of my house ices over in a storm like this where I can get up to 6 inches to a foot thick of ice across the front of the house making it impossible to go out the door.

“It’s not just a normal windy day. … When I was younger, I didn’t mind it as much but getting older, it definitely can make you feel isolated, and especially if you feel that you can’t get out, it can be somewhat troublesome. It’s kind of nice to be in a hotel somewhere.”

There is very little power, the coffee ran out hours ago, and no TV.

But Chuck says he’s fine with that.

“I’m used to being in a small older house with the wind whipping around it, so being here is nice because it’s a large building and you really don’t feel the wind.”

A skier’s thoughts on this snow we’re getting — 1:14 p.m

By Matt Pepin, Globe Staff

I have skied in the kind of snowy conditions Mother Nature threw at the Boston region before, and as much as I would have enjoyed doing so Saturday at pretty much any New England ski area, I did not.

I decided to stay off the roads, as requested by public officials, but it was hard not to have my mind drift to the mountains while clearing a run for our family dog and doing a first pass on the driveway. I was even wearing an old pair of ski goggles to protect my eyes from the wind-whipped light snow, making my line of sight similar to a stormy ski day.

The swirling, frosty wind evoked memories of past storm skiing days, notably at Loon in New Hampshire and Whiteface in New York, both times a case of already being there when a storm rolled in. The snow flew fast and hard and in your face, and you had to be careful not to lose your bearings on the mountain because the visibility wasn’t great. But the risk was worth it because the snow was so light and fluffy, and falling copiously.

As for Saturday, this snow is phenomenal for skiing and it’s going to be a real boost for the New England ski industry. While many resorts were close to fully open and doing a brisk business prior to Saturday, this kind of dump will load up the woods for tree skiing, improve the surface on groomers, and in general add to the wintery feel on the slopes and around the region.

I’ll be eager to see the photos that emerge on social media from skiers, resorts, and others to get a sense of what kind of ski day Saturday was in New England. Sunday promises to be spectacular as well, I’d expect.

No snow days for Providence College’s men’s basketball team — 1:03 p.m.

By Colleen Cronin, Globe Correspondent

PROVIDENCE — There aren’t snow days for Providence College’s men’s basketball team, ranked 17th overall in the nation. Snow, wind, and cold didn’t stop the team from getting to practice Saturday morning.

Even though Rhode Island’s Governor Dan McKee issued a travel ban on roads for Saturday, the team still had another mode of transportation: their own feet.

The team walked all the way to the Dunkin Donuts Center in downtown Providence to get some basketball practice in ahead of tomorrow’s game.

“When vehicles can’t go in a nor’easter... you walk to practice,” the Providence College men’s basketball team tweeted, with a photo of the young men walking through the snow covered city.

The Friars are scheduled to play Marquette University tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at the Dunk.

Stoughton hit with quickly accumulating snow — 12:43 p.m.

By Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

Stoughton is one of the communities south of Boston where the National Weather Service said snow is falling at rates of up to 2 ½ inches per hour, and up to four inches per hour in some spots.

“The story from our plow truck drivers is that visibility is awful,” said Stoughton Town Manager Robin Grimm.

The town activated an additional ambulance Saturday, Grimm said, raising the number of available ambulances to three. There are 92 town employees and vendors working on snow removal, she said.

As of noon Saturday, Grimm said there had been no reports of power outages in Stoughton, and she hopes it stays that way.

“My biggest concern is always power,” she said.

If residents need to evacuate their homes Saturday, Grimm said they can go to a shelter in Weymouth.

Stoughton plans to open a warming center on Sunday at the Council on Aging, she said.

Storm intensifies in Scituate, officials bracing for evening high tide — 12:40 p.m.

By Andrew Brinker, Globe Correspondent

SCITUATE — Conditions took a turn for the worse around 11:30 a.m. when gusting winds picked up and combined with heavy snowfall to hinder visibility for the few drivers on the road.

By early afternoon, winds were gusting over 65 mph and were expected to strengthen still, said Jim Boudreau, Scituate’s town administrator. Some residents who braved the conditions could be seen struggling to open and close their car doors against the force of the wind.

At Scituate Light, which earlier this morning was cut off from the rest of the town when flood waters surged over the sea wall and inundated roads, blasts of wind shook houses and power lines laid in the slush. Shrouded in snowfall, the lighthouse was barely visible.

About 12 percent of the town was without power, Boudrea said.

For now, the flood waters have receded, but town officials are bracing for this evening’s high tide, which has the potential to cause even more flooding.

“The wind picked up this morning so we got a little more water than we thought we were going to get,” said Boudreau. “The tide tonight is the worry now.”

“Stay home, please,” he said. “Driving is treacherous. The conditions are getting worse. There is no place for anyone to go at this point. There is just no reason to be leaving the house at all.”

Drivers warned to stay off roads as snow falls fast — 12:06 a.m.

By Laura Crimaldi, Globe Staff

On Saturday morning, state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said the snow is falling fast and then being swept up by winds, creating hazardous road conditions. He urged motorists to stay off the roads.

“The roadways are just as terrible frankly as we had expected them to be right now,” said Gulliver, who was monitoring conditions from a state facility in Worcester. He said he plans to go to Boston later Saturday.

”It’s almost impossible to keep up with that rate of snowfall,” Gulliver said. “When you see it come down anything over two inches per hour, your plows just cannot keep up. They scrape it down the bare pavement and then it’s covered within 15 minutes.”

The most dramatic impacts from the storm are reaching a larger area than expected, Gulliver said, hitting the suburbs west of Boston and Worcester area just as hard as the forecasters predicted it would on the South Shore and upper portion of Cape Cod. The state has received reports of road closures in Plymouth and Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester has been closed to traffic, he said.

About 3,000 pieces of equipment have been deployed to remove snow, Gulliver said, and the state has the capacity to add about 1,000 more pieces of equipment. He predicted cleanup operations will continue into Sunday.

”Stay off the roads today,” he said. “We really don’t want people to take any dangerous trips if they don’t have to. And then expect that it’s going to probably be a long cleanup.”

The storm, Gulliver said, compares to some of the larger weather events from the past five or six years. “This is a very big storm,” he said. “Massachusetts has been pretty lucky in the last couple of years… We’ve had a couple of light winters and this one is certainly not light by any measure.”

Video: Waves pound Manomet Point in Plymouth — 11:50 a.m.

By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff

Waves pound Manomet Point in Plymouth
Wind-roiled seas pound Manomet Point in Plymouth after high tide Saturday morning. (Video by Jenna Russell/Globe Staff)

High winds knock snow and water in Boston’s Seaport — 11:45 a.m.

By David Abel, Globe Staff

Howling winds churned up big waves that crashed over the seawall protecting the Seaport in Boston, where slicks of icy saltwater spread across the harborside walking path.

Kara Doran struggled to open her eyes as small flakes pelted her from seemingly every direction.

Trudging through shin-deep snow, with plows in action nearby, the 34-year-old was among the few to venture into the neighborhood’s desolate streets — most of them miserable people walking happy dogs.

“I had no choice,” she said.

In the three years she has lived in the Seaport, it was the worst storm she had seen.

“I hope it doesn’t get worse,” she said.

More than 100,000 customers without power Saturday morning — 11:43 a.m.

By John Hilliard, Globe Staff

There were more than 118,000 power outages as of 11 a.m. Saturday morning, many clustered on the Cape, islands, and southern coastal areas, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

In New Bedford, about 21,000 customers were without power, the state reported. In Plymouth, power was out for about 7,200 customers, and Fairhaven had about 5,000 outages.

On the Cape, Provincetown appeared to be the hardest-hit community, where 100 percent of its nearly 6,000 customers had lost power, the agency reported. Other Cape communities also were facing widespread outages. In Chatham, about 80 percent were without power. Roughly two-thirds of customers in Wellfleet didn’t have power, the state said. In Orleans, about 60 percent of customers didn’t have power, while electricity was knocked out for roughly half of customers in Barnstable and Falmouth.

There were sporadic reports of outages in Boston and in neighboring communities, and single-digit reports in communities west and north of the city.

Eversource spokesman Christopher McKinnon told the Globe shortly before 11 a.m. that the utility had nearly 900 line and tree crews working across the commonwealth to restore power to customers. As of about 10:15 am he said 109,000 Eversource customers were without power, with “the vast majority” of them on the Cape, South Shore, and South Coast areas.

“The heavy snowfall, strong winds and blizzard-like conditions can be challenging for restoration efforts, and we thank our customers for their patience as we also focus on maintaining safety,” he said in a statement. McKinnon said the strong winds may prevent crews from going up in the bucket to make repairs, and that hazardous road conditions are slowing access to trouble spots.

”We’re focused with our local partners on clearing tree damage and making our communities safe, and our dedicated employees will continue working around the clock until every customer who loses power is restored,” he said.

Michael Dalo, a National Grid spokesman, said that the utility had about 7,600 outages in the state as of 10:45 a.m., mostly clustered in Nantucket and Plymouth county. National Grid has 2,901 field-based personnel in Massachusetts for the storm, which includes 434 external line crews and 248 forestry crews, he said. Those workers have come from states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, and New York, as well as the Canadian provinces New Brunswick and Ontario, he said. Dalo also warned that high winds would impact the response of crews working in today’s storm.

”Restoration work is dependent on ensuring conditions are safe to proceed. It’s important to remember our crews cannot work in bucket trucks when winds are higher than 35 mph for safety reasons,” he said in a statement.

Poor visibility, little foot traffic in gusty Malden — 11:24 a.m.

By Leah Becerra, Globe Staff

Main Street in Malden has some traffic, though it’s slow going for the cars and MBTA buses making trips. Occasional gusts and constant snow make for poor visibility. Nearly 3 inches have fallen in Malden as of 10:45 a.m.

At the Malden Center orange line T stop, crews can be seen clearing sidewalks and roads. Still, it’s hard to keep up with the snowfall. The subway and buses are still in service.

Foot traffic in the downtown Malden area is minimal. With most restaurants and local businesses closed, there’s not much reason to be out. The neighborhood Stop & Shop is still open. Only a handful of cars were in the grocery store’s parking lot.

On Commercial Street, by the Orange Line Malden Center MBTA stop, there's little traffic. Subways and buses are still in service.Leah Becerra

Video: Driving through Scituate during the snowstorm — 11:18 a.m.

By John Tlumacki, Globe Staff

Driving through Scituate during the snowstorm
Driving through Scituate during the snowstorm that arrived in the wee hours of the morning Saturday across Greater Boston. (Video by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Heavy snow falls bring empty T cars — 10:58 a.m.

By Colleen Cronin, Globe Correspondent

Although many MBTA lines were still operating Saturday morning, few people were venturing out into the snow to take advantage.

Freelance journalist Catherine McGloin tweeted a photo of an empty Red Line car and said she “made it without seeing a soul” on her morning commute.

Some commuter rail trains were delayed on rock, Newburyport, Kingston, and Middleborough/Lakeville lines, and Blue Line trains in Boston were delayed about 15 minutes due to a signal problem, the MBTA tweeted.

Major storm hits Northeast with deep snow and strong winds — 10:56 am.

By The Associated Press

People from New York City to Maine awakened Saturday to half a foot (15 centimeters) of snow, and forecasters warned that could more than quadruple as a powerful nor’easter kicked up blinding blizzard conditions with high winds and the potential for widespread power outages and coastal flooding.

Parts of 10 states and some major population centers — Philadelphia, New York and Boston — were in the path of the storm, which was expected to rage throughout the day.

The Return of the Yet-i — 10:51 a.m.

By Steve Annear, Globe Staff

While some residents might be bothered by the near white-out conditions and prospect of having to spend hours shoveling out their driveways this weekend, one city icon isn’t “salty about this ...snowstorm.”

On Friday night, as the blizzard-like conditions barreled toward the region, the Boston Yeti, who has become synonymous with the season’s nor’easters, announced that he would be returning to the streets to bring people joy.

“It looks like this storm is gonna be a doozy,” the Yeti — who is actually Somerville resident John Campopiano in a costume and mask — said on Twitter. “Be safe and stay Yeti ready. See you in the snow xo.”

Campopiano’s tweet, which included a picture of a large Yeti hand holding a container of snow melt, was celebrated by people who have come to appreciate his presence on the most frigid and stormy winter days.

“Welcome back, big guy! We missed you!,” the Brattle Theatre tweeted Friday.

“The Boston Yeti is a seasonal gem that literally makes living in New England not only tolerable ...but fun,” someone else said. “Yeah, for the Yeti!!”

Campopiano first slipped into his Yeti get-up in 2015, during a winter that saw consecutive storms and record-setting snowfall. Pictures of him went viral online and captured national media attention. Soon, a legend was born.

His status as a winter staple later led to partnerships with former mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office, the MSPCA-Nevins Farm, and former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie.

“I’m definitely cognizant of the expectation that the Yeti is coming out once the flakes start flying,” Campopiano told the Globe in 2018. “I take the job seriously in terms of recognizing that lots of people look forward to hearing from him and seeing him on social media when the weather takes a turn for the worse.”

‘Not anything too crazy’: Scituate neighborhoods brave snow, flooding — 10:27 a.m.

By Andrew Brinker, Globe Correspondent

Howling winds sent waves crashing over the seawall in Scituate early Saturday, flooding roadways and rendering travel in some neighborhoods all but impossible.

The flooding began around 8 a.m., as powerful waves collided with the seawall and propelled sheets of water over three-story homes. A neighborhood near Scituate Light had its roadways nearly completely inundated in a span of about 30 minutes.

Around 9:30 a.m., a bright yellow kayak could be seen drifting down Jericho Street, along with other loose items swept up in the flood. Water flowed rapidly through backyards and over a bridge.

A kayak floats around in a flooded Scituate neighborhood
A kayak drifted down a street in Scituate, where there was intense flooding Saturday morning.

A few drivers attempted to navigate through the flood, but reversed back to their driveways because the water was too deep for safe passage. Only a few brave snowplow drivers successfully passed through.

By 10 a.m., whipping winds had knocked out power to more than 400 customers in town, and Eversource crews could be seen working in multiple locations around town.

At one point, a transformer caught in the wind sent a shower of sparks onto a main town road. Downed power lines were draped across several roadways.

A fleet of snow plow drivers patrolled the town, orange lights flashing.

But, so far at least, the storm is nothing residents here haven’t seen before.

Ski goggles strapped to his head, Kevin Lussier made quick work of shoveling his driveway and ensuring his home was secure. He had no problem braving the whipping winds and was undeterred by the flood waters lapping closer and closer to his car.

“So far it’s not anything too crazy,” he said. “Nothing like 2018.” This neighborhood often floods during storms, he explained.

“If the water only comes to there,” Lussier said, gesturing hundreds of feet down the road, “I’ll consider that a victory.”

MBTA plows through snow, still operating in Mission Hill — 10:17 a.m.

By Matt Yan, Globe Correspondent

Along Huntington Avenue and up into Mission Hill Saturday morning, intermittent gusts of wind created low visibility and howled on the almost empty streets.

Plows drove on both sides of Huntington Avenue. The E Branch of the Green Line and the 39 were still running, as of 9:40 a.m. Saturday. Streets throughout the neighborhood were mostly plowed, but some side streets had not been touched.

Few were out to brave the cold, and at certain points, the whipping snow made it hard to see.

The Green Line passed through the Fenwood Road stop on the E Line.Matt Yan

Running through raw weather in Rockport — 10:10 a.m.

By Michael Bailey, Globe Staff

ROCKPORT — First light brought ferocious winds, horizontal snow, and a portentous high tide. It also brought out bare-legged James Kelley.

“God, I love this,” Kelley exclaimed. “This is great.”

Kelley, visiting from Delaware, stopped for a moment to revel in the wind and snow at the base of Bear Skin Neck in Rockport, before heading toward Back Beach to see the waves crashing across the seawall.

Ava Brackett, 2, cleared a path along Main Street in Rockport.Michael J. Bailey
James Kelley has the streets of Rockport to himself early Saturday morning.Michael J. Bailey

“I love this,” he repeated, his parting words into the wind.

The warren of art galleries and restaurants of Bear Skin Neck was barren early morning, except for swarms of plows. On its leeward side, boats bobbed in Rockport Harbor, with the iconic Motif #1 as the backdrop. On the windward side, however, facing the northeast, waves pummeled the sea wall that protected a small inner harbor. Even with the wall, the sea spilled across some alleys of the peninsula. The sidewalks were mid-calf deep in drifted snow in some parts, clear in others.

A pair of Rockport residents checked out Bear Skin Neck Saturday morning. And, no, the Ice Cream Store, like the other shops, was not open for business.Michael J. Bailey

The town of Rockport has closed T Wharf, the area’s main parking lot, and banned overnight parking until Monday morning. During high tide, it also closed Beach Street, which fronts Back Beach.

Harbormaster Scott Story said his office, as of 10 a.m., two hours after high tide, has received no reports of damage so far.

Waves crashed over the sea wall protecting Bear Skin Neck in Rockport shortly after high tide Saturday morning.Michael J. Bailey

Waves whip the windows of waterfront hotel in Plymouth — 9:50 a.m.

By Colleen Cronin, Globe Correspondent

High winds coupled with the high tide in Plymouth brought waves crashing onto the windows of Pilgrim Sands Hotel, Boston 25 reporter Julianne Lima tweeted. Warren Avenue, in front of the hotel, was also flooded, she said.

Ferocious waves hit an otherwise quiet Revere Beach — 9:37 a.m.

By Sarah Ryley, Globe Staff

High tide at Revere Beach hit at 8:36 a.m. So far, the area is getting strong winds and ferocious waves, which are continuing to grow in intensity.

The police started driving up and down Revere Beach Blvd last night at around 8:30 p.m., calling out on their loudspeakers, “Emergency parking ban in effect, please move your vehicles.” The roads now are clear, with few people on the road, other than snow plows that regularly drive up and down the street.

Unlike on a normal morning, there were no dogs on the beach.

Ferocious waves hit Revere Beach
Waves battered Revere Beach around Eliot Circle during high tide at 8:36 a.m. Saturday.

Howling winds, low visibility in Hyannis — 9:23 a.m.

By Carlos Munoz, Globe Staff

In Hyannis, the storm brought in howling winds. Trees were swaying and covered in snow, and the snow was falling heavy. Visibility was only about a mile, and the power was already out for some.

Cars are covered in snow at the Best Western Inn in Hyannis.Carlos Muñoz

Photos: Flooding in Scituate — 9:11 a.m.

A truck passed through a flooded Jericho Road on the Scituate waterfront. The storm caused flooding along the shore in Scituate during the 8 a.m. morning high tide as wind whipped snow around and caused blinding conditions.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Turner Road was flooded two blocks from the ocean from the storm surge.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Photos: Snowy scenes from Falmouth, Hull, and Norwell — 9:05 a.m.

High winds and strong snowfall did not stop some from trying to shovel early.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
A wind-swept flag in Hull as storm showed its fury.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
Laurie Good tried to get ahead of the heavy snowfall by shoveling her driveway in Hull early Saturday.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
In Norwell, a truck slowly made its way along River Street in the early morning through whiteout conditions from the blizzard.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The entrance to Jim's Clam Shack in Falmouth during the snowstorm early Saturday morning.Bill Greene/Globe Staff
Snowplow driver Jamie Harding cleans off his truck in downtown Falmouth.Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Strong winds pushing sand and surf at Nauset Beach — 8:59 a.m.

Darius Aniunas tweeted a video from Nauset Beach in Orleans on the Cape. The video shows strong winds pushing both sand and surf toward the shore.

A scene from Duxbury during high tide — 8:55 a.m.

The Duxbury Fire Department tweeted a scene Saturday morning from Cable Hill Road during high tide. The department tweeted a warning about power outages and urged residents to stay off the roads.

In West Dennis, normal life suspended amid whipping snow — 8:44 a.m.

By Roy Greene, Globe staff

DENNIS – Usually on Saturday mornings, the village of West Dennis is alive with people grabbing a coffee to go at Findlay’s Liquors and Convenience store or making their way to breakfast places in the area. But normal life was suspended this morning amid the whipping snow and eerie, moaning winds.

The intermittent gales made walking difficult, and visibility was minimal. Except for Route 28, a central mid-Cape thoroughfare clogged in summer with tourists, most streets had not been cleared.

On School Street, which leads to the popular West Dennis Beach, on Nantucket Sound, a few cars inched along. Snow stuck to the West Dennis Community Church, founded in the 1830s. It has seen this all before.

Businesses were shuttered in the Cape village of West Dennis, along Route 28, on Saturday morning.Tinker Ready
Visibility was minimal along Doric Avenue during whipping gales.Tinker Ready

Storm bears down on New England, bringing heavy snow and high winds — 7:49 a.m.

By Dave Epstein, Globe correspondent

The snowstorm arrived in the wee hours of the morning across Greater Boston and will continue to spread off towards the north. Cold, dry air in Northern New England will prevent snow from penetrating quickly north and west, but everyone will get in on some of the action eventually.

Think of this as a general 1- to 2- feet kind of storm for everybody, from roughly Worcester eastward. When it comes to higher snow totals however, there will be a sharp cutoff. This cutoff could be further east and south as the storm moves north towards Nova Scotia later Saturday.

Mayor Wu urges people to stay inside during nor’easter — 7:37 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu tweeted around 7:30 a.m. that she had ridden into City Hall to check out the condition of the roads alongside Superintendent of Streets Michael Brohel.

Wu has declared a snow emergency in the city, which began on Friday night.

“We’re asking folks, if at all possible, please stay inside, stay warm, and check on your neighbors,” Wu said in an interview with Boston 25 News on Saturday morning. She said most people seem to be adhering to the emergency order in effect.

“This is going to take a while to dig out,” Wu said. “This is more snow than we’ve seen in many, many years.”

She said crews are working to clear the streets and that “departments have their marching orders.”

“It could be for the record books,” Wu said.

Videos show early impact of storm throughout Mass. — 6:48 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

A potentially historic storm is barreling down on the region, and parts of Massachusetts are already feeling the brunt of its impact.

In Duxbury, the fire department said the community was already “seeing very high wind gusts and heavy snow.”

NBC10 Boston reporter Jackie Bruno delivered an update on the weather from nearby Marshfield, where the waves were shown going over the seawall in Brant Rock and whipping winds were in full effect.

And in Worcester, a car was shown struggling to get up a hill on a road covered by snow.

“This is part of the reason why there’s a travel ban in the city throughout this storm,” wrote NBC10 Boston reporter Alysha Palumbo in a tweet.

Speed restrictions in place on the Mass Pike — 6:25 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said in a tweet it had deployed 2,692 pieces of equipment statewide as of 6:15 a.m.

MassDOT added that a 40 mile per hour speed restriction is in place on I-90 between New York and the Southborough/Framingham line.

The travel ban on the state’s interstate highways is also now in effect for all tractor-trailer trucks, tandems, and special permit haulers. It is in place until midnight.

Wind in Plymouth rips shingles off roof of hotel — 6:03 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

Plymouth is expected to see wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour during the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Julianne Lima, a reporter with Boston 25 News, tweeted at 6 a.m. that the wind was already so strong in the coastal community that it “ripped some shingles off the roof of our hotel.”

Pictures attached to the tweet show the shingles scattered along the parking lot and on a car.

Coastal flood warning issued for parts of Eastern Mass., Cape Cod and the Islands — 5:42 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

The risk for coastal flooding has increased around the morning high tide, the National Weather Service said.

Coastal flood warnings are in effect across the coast of Eastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod and the Islands. As much as 2 feet of inundation above ground level is expected for coastal roads in these areas.

Snow begins falling, coating streets early on in storm — 4:00 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

The flakes began falling early throughout Massachusetts, including in Boston and Newburyport.

Both residents and forecasters shared images of the weather conditions on social media, which showed a layer of snow already coating roads.

The Boston Public Works Department said on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. that it had deployed 500 pieces of equipment to treat and clear the city’s streets.

“Our crews and contractors will be working through the night/weekend, so help us out by staying off the roads,” the department said.

MassDOT deploys equipment, implements travel ban for some vehicles on state’s interstate highways — 3:00 a.m.

By Shannon Larson, Globe staff

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced on Twitter early Saturday morning that it was implementing a travel ban on the state’s highways between 6 a.m. and midnight for tractor-trailer trucks, tandems, and special permit haulers in anticipation of the severe weather forecast.

The department also said that it had deployed 2,034 pieces of equipment in snow and ice operations. MassDOT urged drivers to stay off the roads.

More than 5,000 flights canceled as East Coast braces for heavy snowfall — 1:36 a.m.

By The New York Times

A powerful winter storm was bearing down on a wide swath of the East Coast early Saturday, hours after it prompted the governors of New York and New Jersey to issue emergency declarations and forced the cancellation of more than 5,000 flights.

As of 1 a.m., snow had been falling in New York and New Jersey for several hours. No major power outages had been reported in the Northeast. Yet people up and down the coast were bracing for heavy snowfall, treacherous travel conditions, and the potential for widespread power failures.

In the Boston area, meteorologists were predicting high winds, at times approaching hurricane force, and up to 2 feet of snow.

The National Weather Service said that heavy snowfall would be concentrated over the southern coast of New Jersey from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. and over parts of New England later in the morning. It predicted that areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island could see “whiteout conditions” and as much as 2 to 4 inches of snow per hour.

“Plenty more snow is on the way,” the service’s Boston office said on Twitter, in a post that showed a picture of its snowy parking lot.


 

Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

 

Amtrak and MBTA cancel, modify train service for weekend snow storm — 6:40 p.m.

By Madison Mercado, Globe correspondent

Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority have canceled or modified train service due to the upcoming storm throughout New England, officials said.

Changes to some MBTA subway lines and commuter rails will be in effect through the next week, MBTA officials said in a statement.

Shuttles on the Green Line E, Mattapan Line and above ground portion of the Green Line D will be replaced by shuttle busses all day Saturday.

Baker, officials urge drivers to stay off the roads Saturday as storm sets in — 6:06 p.m.

By Nick Stoico, Globe correspondent

Governor Charlie Baker and other state officials urged drivers to stay off the road on Saturday when a potentially historic winter storm is expected to hit southern New England, dropping more than 2 feet of snow in some areas.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Baker asked residents to ride out the storm at home and avoid travel “unless it’s an emergency or you have some very essential and absolute reason for being out.”

“This kind of storm is nothing new for Massachusetts, but we have not had one like this for quite a while and everybody needs to take it very seriously,” Baker said. “Avoid going out if you can, and be sure to check up on your neighbors who may need help during the storm.”

As winter storm approaches, McKee announces travel ban on R.I. roads Saturday — 4:44 p.m.

By Brian Amaral, Globe staff

Governor Dan McKee said he was banning motor vehicles starting at 8 a.m. Saturday until at least 8 p.m. as a major winter storm approaches the state.

McKee also said tractor trailers will be banned for a more extensive period of time: 6 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Also, all RIPTA routes has been canceled and state-run testing and vaccination sites will be closed.

“The best way to handle this storm is to stay home tomorrow,” McKee said at a news conference at the state Emergency Management Agency in Cranston.

City works to find warm shelter for homeless people — 4:40 p.m.

By Milton Valencia, Globe staff

City crews and social workers who provide aid to area homeless people will head out in vans for as long as their safety allows Friday and during Saturday’s expected blizzard conditions to urge those living on the streets to seek shelter, officials said.

“These vans do wonders, they really work with our unsheltered populations to get them into shelter,” Sheila Dillon, the city’s chief of housing, said Friday. “Those vans will be operational, unless they can’t be.”

Still, Dillon urged residents to call 911 if they see anyone on the streets who looks vulnerable, immobile or underdressed. In spite of the city’s efforts to bring people to shelter, some people — including those who suffer from mental illness — may resist.

16 TV shows to binge during a blizzard — 3:55 p.m.

By Matthew Gilbert, Globe staff

You’ve gotten your recipes out and clawed your way through the supermarket, you’ve gotten the shovels from the basement, and you’ve gone to the liquor or weed store for supplies. Now it’s time to think about a viewing plan, so that you’ll have a few options for the duration of the snowstorm. You won’t be able to go out, but you’ll be able to visit all kinds of places with the loyal help of your remote control. Here are a few binge recommendations — comedies, thrillers, dramas, and exactly one pandemic tale.

Preparing for the storm? Here’s a checklist of what you need. — 3:43 p.m.

By Emily Sweeney, Globe staff

A powerful nor’easter is on the way, but there’s still time to make preparations before the snow arrives early Saturday morning. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency put out a checklist of emergency supplies that you should have on hand, and the Duxbury Fire Department also tweeted out a handy list of items that will help you ride out what could be a historic storm. Here are some of the most important things you should do to be prepared.

Live weather updates from Boston-area meteorologists — 11:05 a.m.

By Globe staff

With severe weather in the forecast, here’s a look at what to expect, according to Boston-area meteorologists.

Snow emergency, parking ban will be in place in Boston as major nor’easter approaches — 11:00 a.m.

By John Ellement

Mayor Michelle Wu declared a snow emergency ahead of the forecasted storm that is expected to begin early Saturday morning and continue into Sunday. A parking ban will take effect starting at 9 p.m. Friday night.

‘Save some for neighbors’: As shoppers head to markets before winter wallop, store officials ask for patience — 10:45 a.m.

By Emily Sweeney, Globe staff, Matt Yan, Globe correspondent

For some customers rushing to supermarkets Friday ahead of what looks to be a major snowstorm, that last-minute shopping trip may be more frustrating than usual because of supply chain issues and tight staffing.

Forecasters invoke Blizzard of ’78 as preparations for weekend storm intensify — 10:30 a.m.

By John Ellement, Globe staff

Officials were preparing plows, trucks, and hashtags Friday as the region awaited a potentially historic nor’easter that has meteorologists invoking the specter of the cataclysmic Blizzard of ’78.

The NWS Friday morning expanded its blizzard warning to cover Eastern Massachusetts, stretching to the outskirts of Worcester to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as the entire state of Rhode Island.

Winds could reach 70 miles an hour, snowfall could total 2 feet or more, and whiteout conditions will make travel dangerous, if not impossible.

Blizzard warning expanded, some communities could see 20 inches or more of snow — 10:05 a.m.

By Amanda Kaufman, Globe staff

Massachusetts is bracing for a snowstorm that could bring more than 20 inches to some communities in the eastern part of the state, with blizzard conditions expected in much of Eastern Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island, the National Weather Service said.

The “significant winter storm” is expected to arrive after midnight and stick around through Saturday night. It will bring heavy snow, possibly damaging winds, and coastal flooding, with the greatest snowfall amounts expected across Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Forecast: A possibly historic storm is headed toward New England; accumulation in some spots may be staggering — 6:47 a.m.

By Dave Epstein, Globe correspondent

Plan on being inside all day Saturday and the first part of Sunday. When all is said and done, it won’t be surprising if some spots see 3 feet of snow within heavy bands passing through the region on Saturday. In general, Greater Boston will see 18 to 28 inches.

Snowstorms and blizzards are nothing new to New England, but the intensity of this storm could be what we all remember. The largest amount of January snowfall in Boston was 24.6 inches, a record set in 2015, and the biggest snowfall of all time occurred on Presidents’ Day weekend in 2003 with 27.6 inches of snow.