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Martha's Vineyard Storm Center 2014: Chappy Ferry Resumes

Updated 2:30 p.m. Friday: Bookmark this page for the latest Martha's Vineyard storm news, cancellations, tide info and more.

In the noon hour Thursday, the storm was just tuning up in Vineyard Haven Harbor. (Louisa Hufstader photo)
In the noon hour Thursday, the storm was just tuning up in Vineyard Haven Harbor. (Louisa Hufstader photo)

Looking for news about the Jan. 21, 2014 storm? Please see Martha's Vineyard Storm Center 2014: Jan. 21 Blizzard Predicted.


Updated Jan. 4, 5:15 a.m.

Before we suspend Storm Center operations until the next severe weather event, here's one last piece of advice Tweeted last night by mainland Patch editor Liz Taurasi (@Boston1Patch):

"Good advice RT@massgov Before starting your engine, bang on vehicle’s hood to scare off small animals that may have sought shelter in engine."


Updated Jan. 3, 2:30 p.m.

  • The Chappy Ferry has returned to normal operation following Friday's high tide.
  • The 2:45 p.m. freight boat from Vineyard Haven was cancelled.
  • Alex's Place at the Y is closed and the monthly open stage is cancelled.

Updated Jan. 3, 12:15 p.m.

  • Steamship Authority ferries are back on schedule this afternoon, operating on a trip-by-trip basis.
  • The Chappy Ferry remains on emergency standby until at least 2 p.m.
Chuck Cotnoir from Dukes County Management advises:
  • Main roads in much better condition, some flooding on Beach Rd., Tisbury, usual splash over issues on Seaview Ave., OB.  Snow seems to have abated, still blowing and drifting.
  • Temperature and Wind Chill effects are still a factor and may degrade further as the afternoon progresses
  • Aquinnah Town Hall is closed
  • Up-Island Council on Aging is closed
  • Dukes County is shutting down at noon.

Updated Jan. 3, 10:45 a.m.


Updated Jan. 3, 9:45 a.m.


Updated Jan. 3, 8:15 a.m.  with updates from Chuck Cotnoir of Dukes County Emergency Management:


  • All Dukes County offices are closed today
  • Vineyard Health Care Access Closed
  • Tisbury Parking Ban has been extended to 6pm today
  • VTA is on suspended operation
  • Chilmark Town Hall is closed
  • West Tisbury Town Hall is closed
  • SSA on suspended operation
  • Edgartown and Oak Bluffs Town Halls Closed
  • All Public Schools and Charter School closed
  • Road conditions - snow covered
  • Snow will continue heavy until later today and will diminish later this afternoon. Total Accumulation will be 6 - 12 inches.
  • Temperatures will be in the 20 degree range and Wind Chill will be in the -5 degree F. range.

Updated Jan. 3, 7:20 a.m. 

  • Town offices in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury are closed Friday.
  • Chappy Ferry is running for emergencies only.
  • Edgartown Council on Aging is closed Friday.
  • Edgartown Library is closed Friday.
  • Steamship Authority has suspended service until weather conditions improve.
  • Peter Pan buses have many cancellations.

Updated Jan. 3, 5:55 a.m.

  • The Steamship Authority has cancelled the 6 a.m. , 6:15 a.m. and 7 a.m. sailings from Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven and the 7:15 a.m. from Vineyard Haven.

Updated Jan. 3, 4:30 a.m.

  • The winter storm warning is in effect until 10 a.m.
  • The Vineyard Haven parking ban is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.
  • The Steamship Authority has not yet announced any morning cancellations.
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Updated Jan. 2, 8 p.m.

  • The 8:30 p.m. ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard is canceled.

Updated Jan. 2, 6:45 p.m.


Updated Jan. 2, 3:14 p.m.
  • The state has closed all courthouses as of 3 p.m. Thursday, including the one in Edgartown. 

Updated Jan. 2, 2:20 p.m.
  • The Vineyard Haven Public Libary will close at 4 p.m. Thursday and, weather permitting, reopen at 1 p.m. Friday.
Updated Jan. 2, 2 p.m.
Updated Jan. 2, 12:30 p.m.
  • Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has announced he is sending state workers home at 3 p.m. and he encourages private sector employers to release their workers early as well.
Updated Jan. 2, 12:27 p.m.
  • Governor Patrick just made special mention on the Vineyard in a press conference about the storm. According to a Tweet from WHDH he said power outages are possible due to wind, especially on the Vineyard and Nantucket. 
Updated Jan. 2, 11 a.m: 
  • Island schools will remain closed Friday.
  • In Edgartown, Town Hall will close at noon today and remain closed Friday.
  • Vineyard Haven will enforce a 12 hour parking ban beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday.
  • Logan Airport is canceling all flights from 8 p.m. Thursday through noon Friday.

Updated Jan. 2, 6:30 a.m.


Updated Jan. 2, 4:15 a.m.


Updated Jan. 2, 3:45 a.m.


Updated Jan. 1, 4 p.m.

Updated Jan. 1, 10:30 a.m.


Bookmark this page and check back for updates on storm news, cancellations and closures on the Vineyard.

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Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Update: Edgartown Town Hall is closing at noon and will remain closed Friday. Island schools will also remain closed tomorrow. Vineyard Haven will be enforcing a 12 hour parking ban beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday. Steamship Authority personnel said at 10:30 a.m. that they believed boats would run normally until about 6 p.m., depending on how quickly wins increase. I am on the ferry now, and will be using comments to update the Storm Center until I'm back on the Vineyard. Your contributions are welcome, too.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Gov. Patrick is sending state workers home at 3 p.m. and encouraging private sector employers to release their workers early as well.
Tot Balay January 02, 2014 at 12:25 PM
I love that you called him DECAL Patrick!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 02, 2014 at 01:50 PM
I just noticed that! The iPhone wanted to call him Duval, and I was trying to fix it while bouncing around aboard the Nantucket. I'm back ashore and it is fixed.

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