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Blizzard '13: Martha's Vineyard Information Center

Stay up to date with the latest on this weekend's winter storm.

For information about the Feb. 17 storm, please see Ferries and Other Storm Cancellations.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD PATCH STORM CENTRAL

 UPDATES, CLOSINGS & BULLETINS:

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Updated Feb. 11:

Schools are in session.

Updates for Feb. 9:

8:30 p.m.: The Sunday, February 10, 10:00 AM service for United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard (Trinity Church in the Campgrounds) is canceled.

8 p.m.: Steamship Authority announces boats will resume Sunday.

4:00pm: Driving ban lifted! But, with the boats not running, where will we go? How about some local restaurants: Who's Open for Business on MV This Weekend?

From the WMVY Facebook, "If you had trouble streaming MVY earlier today, give it another try. The Island is getting back on track. Internet seems to be restored here at the station. ..."

3:09pm:
The Film Center remains closed Saturday.

We plan to re-open Sunday (Feb.10) for our 4 pm screening of SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and then THE RABBI'S CAT at 7:30 pm.

12:43am:
Due to inclement weather and the safety and consideration of our members and employees, the Y will be closed Saturday, February 9. The Y will resume regular business hours Sunday, February 10. For updates on operating hours, please check our website at www.ymcamv.orgor call (508) 696 7171. 

10:39am:
Slow Food Martha's Vineyard: Sunday brunch (Farmer's Brunch) is rescheduled to Sunday, Feb. 17, Ag Hall at 10 a.m. 

10:16am:
Alex's Place, The Vineyard's Teen Center will remain closed tonight (Saturday) We do not want to encourage our kids out onto the roads tonight. We hope all will stay home and be safe. We will resume regular hours on Monday at 2:30 pm. 

9:38am:
Governor's driving ban still in effect.

7:00am:
Latest weather forecoast, more snow!Heavy, cement-type flakes. 

Update: Feb. 8:

6:49pm:
The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury has cancelled church service Sunday and has postponed the annual meeting until 17 February.

3:50pm:
Steamship Authority suspends boat service until further notice. Check website. 

2:55pm:
MV Film Society's Friday 4pm and 7:30 pm movies are cancelled. Please check back Saturday after 12pm for more information concerning Saturday afternoon and evening movies. Please be safe. 

2:17pm:
The Oak Bluffs Landfill – Local Drop Off & Transfer Station will be CLOSED on Saturday, February 9 due to weather conditions.

1:45pm:
Edgartown parking ban tonight on all town streets. Motorists encouraged to stay off roads for duration of the storm.

1pm:
Governor Patrick today at FEMA press conference: "I have signed an executive order banning vehicle traffic effective at 4pm today."

9:33am:
The Oak Bluffs Library
will be closing at noon today, Friday, and will remain closed tomorrow due to anticipated storm conditions.

6:23am:

Stay off the roads during the storm. An announcement from Dukes County Emergency Management:

"Due to expected dangeous and deteriorating conditions, we strongly urge all residents to avoid travel for the 24 hours between 3 PM Friday and 3 PM Saturday. Blizzard and whiteout conditions with zero visiblity may occur.
High winds may result in downed limbs and fallen trees, and large drifts may also block roads.
Expect power outages, possibly prolonged, throughout the storm. Call NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000 if your power is affected. If the power is out, you must use a hard-wired phone."

Update: Feb. 8, 6:08am:
A regional shelter
is opening today at noon at Tisbury elementary school, according to Dukes County Emergency Management.

Tisbury Town Hall will close at noon on Friday.

Update: Feb. 7, 7:47pm:

Aquinnah Town Hall will close at noon on Friday.

Storm surge puts Island at risk for moderate erosion, according to the National Weather Service. 

The Steamship Authority advises that boats might not run Friday starting as early as 9:15 am and might not resume until Sunday. Check the Steamship Authority Website to see if the boats are running before you leave the house. 

Cape Air has cancelled all flights to the Islands Friday through Saturday. Check Cape Air's website for instructions if you are a ticket holder or plan to fly on Sunday.

Update: Feb. 7, 3:30pm:

The Edgartown Town Hall will be closing at noon on Friday.

The Oak Bluffs Saturday Night Community Supper at Trinity Church Parish House for February 9 is canceled due to the storm.

Update: Feb. 7, 2:54 am:

Early Release from School on Fri., Feb. 8. Martha's Vineyard Regional High School will be dismissed on Friday at 11 am and the elementary schools will be dismissed at noon.

Early closing for West Tisbury Town Hall on Fri., Feb.8. The West Tsibury Town Hall will close at noon on Friday in anticipation of unsafe driving conditions.

Check out the Blizzard Watch for Dukes County!

Post your closing or cancellation in the comments section of this story or send an email to margaret.carroll-bergman@patch.com and it will be posted it to this continuing list of cancellations.

See a tree down in your neighborhood? Notice a road is icy? Just saw a store clerk put out more snow melt products?

Please use this story on Martha's Vineyard Patch to help out your neighbors and alert us in the comments section. 

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Martha's Vineyard Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful during the storm. Stay safe Islanders!

 

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Dionis Montrowl February 08, 2013 at 06:01 PM
The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury has cancelled church service Sunday and has postponed the annual meeting until 17 February.
Thea Hansen February 09, 2013 at 12:08 PM
you won't need a hard wired phone to report outages with NSTAR. A cell will do it, and it can be done online. Power back up now along the wild ocean, in Oak Bluffs. Thanks NSTAR!
Margaret Carroll-Bergman (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Good to hear the power is back up in Oak Bluffs.
Martha Magee February 10, 2013 at 01:59 AM
there is nothing quite like a great big snowstorm. It offers a gentle blanket of quietude. It covers all the ugliness and humbles the humans. For an all too brief moment it takes us out of time it stops us in our tracks Snow falls down upon our cities, villages, cars and municipalities. It freezes the wheels of the madness machine and forces everyone to slow down and play and stay cozy and enjoy the magic. Thank you, snow, for allowing us to rest in your heavenly presence and enjoy the gift of this still, white moment ~ mrm 2/9/13 ♥ ♫♪♫

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