URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Taunton MA 9:23 PM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018


* WHAT… Wet snow. Total snow accumulations will range from 3 to 5  inches on the upper Cape, Martha`s Vineyard, and Block Island, to as little as 1 to 2 inches on the outer Cape.

* WINDS…Northeast 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph with the strongest winds Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

* WHERE…Cape Cod and the Islands.

* WHEN…From Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on difficult travel conditions. Tree branches could fall. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.



March 15, 2018 UPDATE: All Shelters Now Closed


* Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Falmouth Road, Hyannis will remain open until 10 AM Thursday March 15. This is a pet -friendly shelter.

* Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich

* Cape Cod Regional Technical School, 351 Pleasant Lake Avenue, Harwich


Town of Barnstable & Public Works Updates

For downed trees, please call the Highway Department 508-790-6330

March 14, 2018 08:00 AM  Town of Barnstable Employees: Town offices are open today subject to power outages. At this time Town Hall, Police Station, DPW Facilities, 200 Main Street, MEA Building, and Senior Center have power. Please check with your manager as to the status of the facility at which you work. For the Public: Please check with the department you wish to conduct business with as to its status of operation before visiting the facility.

March 13, 2018 9:30 PM We apologize for the break in coverage on the Storm Alerts. Power outages prevented us from regularly updating the website. Crews have been out all day plowing and removing trees and we expect to be at it into the early morning hours tomorrow. There are still a large number of trees that are down and blocking roads (we have had over 200 trees reported down today), many of which are tangled in wires. Please use extreme caution when moving around the Town.

March 13, 2018 3:00 PM Though the snow accumulations have not been as dire as expected, the winds and weight of the snow is taking its toll. To date we have over 185 trees down across Town, many with wires associated with them. We also have a large number of utility poles that have been broken. As a result, the Town is experiencing extensive power losses. Street lights and traffic lights are not working in many locations. In addition to the plow crews, we have four tree crews working to make roads passable. However, please do not leave where you are unless you absolutely need to do so.As always, please follow the advice of public safety officials. Be safe!

March 13, 2018 09:30 AM – We are experiencing heavy snows and high winds. All crews are out plowing. Additionally, we have had over 30 tree calls already this morning, with more coming all the time, so have three tree crews deployed to address them. Driving conditions are treacherous, and many roads have impediments to travel due to the downed trees or downed wires. Please remain where you are if at all possible.

March 13, 2018 05:30 AM – Good morning, winter storm Skylar has begun. Roads are already coated with snow, and forecasts are for significant snowfall (multiple inches per hour) throughout the morning and early afternoon. Winds are also going to be gusting making drifting an issue. DPW is already out salting main roads, and will soon be plowing main and secondary roads. If the predicted rate of snow materialize, it is very likely we will be struggling to keep up until the storm moderates, and drifting will exasperate that situation. As a result, it is likely roads will become snow filled between plow passes, and driving will be difficult. Please stay off the roads if at all possible. It would also be very helpful if you do go out if you could refrain from parking on the main streets of Hyannis, Barnstable and Osterville villages. Please also be aware that secondary roads will only initially be plowed to allow access, and will be “cleaned up”  toward the end of the storm when snowfall rates decline.

March 13, 2018 05:00 AM – Due to the impending storm, Town Manager Mark Ells has said that Town of Barnstable municipal buildings will be closed today, Tuesday, March 13th. All non-essential personnel will be off today. If you have any questions as to whether you are considered essential or non-essential for this particular type of storm, please contact your direct supervisor.

March 13, 2018 05:00 AM – Due to the storm, the Transfer Station at 45 Flint Street, Marstons Mills, will be closed on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blizzard Warning


* WHAT…Blizzard conditions expected. Winds gusting as high as 65
mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant
drifting of the snow is likely. Total snow accumulations of 10
to 18 inches with localized 20 inch amounts possible.

* WHERE…Coastal Essex County, Plymouth County, Cape Cod and
Marthas Vineyard.

* WHEN…From 11 PM this evening to 8 PM EDT Tuesday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel will be very dangerous with 1 to 3
inch per hour snowfall rates at times and significantly impact
the morning commute. The Tuesday afternoon commute is also
expected to be impacted. Wet snow and strong winds will result
in some power outages and tree damage.