Storm Information For Falmouth

Latest important information about this week's Blizzard:

From the Town of Falmouth website:

PRESS RELEASE – 1:45 PM, January 26, 2015 for IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Town of Falmouth is preparing for a significant winter storm with heavy wet snow anticipated to begin this evening, Monday January 26, 2015 and snowfall continuing perhaps through the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 28, 2015. High winds including gusts up to 70MPH combined with heavy wet snow may result in the potential for prolonged power loss. Residents are advised to prepare to SHELTER IN PLACE for 36-48 hours.

The Town of Falmouth will open its EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT 5:00 PM today (Monday) – EOC TELEPHONE Number 508-495-2602.

The EOC will remain in operation throughout the storm event and as needed in the aftermath. Residents are encouraged to use the above number for all non-emergency storm related calls.

EMERGENCY SHELTER- The Municipal/Regional Shelter at Falmouth High School on Gifford Street Extension will be open effective 6:30 PM this evening Monday, January 26, 2015. Residents seeking shelter are encouraged to take early precaution and to arrive before 8:30 PM this evening, preferably earlier.

Transportation to the shelter may be obtained:

Regional Transit Authority

DART BUS Service – 1-800-362-7155

Please call the RTA/DART before 5pm to schedule a ride.

Falmouth Residents – May call the Emergency Operation Center after 5:00PM for transport to the shelter (508-495-2602. Transport to the Shelter will be available through 10:00 PM ONLY at which time residents will be asked to SHELTER IN PLACE.

TRASH REMOVAL/PICK UP – Is cancelled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Where possible, residents are asked to hold trash for one week for pick up next Tuesday.

DRIVING AND PARKING ON TOWN ROADS - Residents and visitors are requested to cooperate by avoiding non-essential vehicle travel as well as parking on town streets after 9PM this evening until after the storm abates.

SNOW REMOVAL - Residents should anticipate sheltering in place through Wednesday, January 28, 2014 at the earliest, with the potential for heavy snowfall and drifting throughout the early morning hours of Wednesday. The Public Works crew and contract operators will prepare/treat roads for safety throughout the event as available resources allow and weather conditions warrant and will commence removal activities as needed after snowfall subsides on Wednesday. This is subject to change as conditions warrant.


 

From MEMA:

 

 

DATE: January 26, 2015

TIME: 12:30 PM

 

SUBJECT: Potentially Major and Destructive Winter Storm/Blizzard to Impact the State

 

Situation

Massachusetts will experience a severe and potentially historic storm this afternoon through Wednesday morning, complete with snowfall measured in feet, damaging winds, and serious coastal flooding.  A corridor of heavy, wet snow is expected in southeast MA (east of I-95) where temperatures will near 32 degrees, making for heavy wet snow. Elsewhere, colder temperatures (teens and 20’s) will make for fluffier snow. Snowfall totals are expected to reach over 20 inches across much of the Commonwealth, with pockets of 30+ inches possible.  The Cape and Martha’s Vineyard will see 12+ inches. This storm could come close to rivaling the records for Boston (27.6” for the 2003 President’s Day storm) and Worcester (32.1” for the Dec. 11-12, 1992 storm).

 

The storm will bring potentially damaging winds. The Cape and Martha’s Vineyard may see wind gusts 65-75 mph, with hurricane force winds on the outer Cape and Nantucket and over the waters.  Winds will gust from 55-65 mph in southeastern MA, 45-55 mph in the Boston – Providence corridor, 25-45 mph in central MA, and 15-25 in western MA. Strong winds and blizzard conditions will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow with near zero visibility. 

 

The heavy snow and strong winds likely will result in downed tree limbs, trees, and utility poles/wires. Widespread power outages, potentially lasting multiple days, are possible with this storm.  Travel may become impossible and life threatening across the state. 

 

Watches and Warnings

 

Blizzard Warning: S. Worcester, Essex, Middlesex (except northwest Middlesex), Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth counties from 7:00 p.m. Monday through 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, and for Barnstable and Dukes counties from 7:00 p.m. Monday through noon Tuesday.

Winter Storm Warning: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, north and central Worcester and northwest Middlesex counties from 7:00 p.m. Monday through 1:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Winter Storm Watch: Nantucket county from 7:00 p.m. Monday through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.

High Wind Warning: Nantucket county 7:00 p.m. Monday through 1:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Hurricane Force Wind Warning: for all waters except Boston Harbor, Mass Bay, Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound from 1:00 a.m. through midnight Tuesday.

Coastal Flood Warning: All of eastern Massachusetts coastline including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket from 3:00 a.m. through 7:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

 

Timing

Light snow will impact the late afternoon commute on Monday. 1-2” of snow may be on the ground in the Boston/Worcester/Springfield areas by the end of the evening rush hour. Snowfall will be heaviest between late tonight and Tuesday morning, with rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour possible.  Thundersnow may also occur in this time window.  Snow will continue through Tuesday night at varying intensity and likely last until daybreak Wednesday morning.

 

Potential Impacts

Heavy Snowfall:  Total snowfall amounts of 2-3 feet by Wednesday morning are possible in Eastern and Central Massachusetts, with more than a foot of snow on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Damaging Winds: Strong and damaging winds, possibly approaching hurricane force gusts; 75mph on the Cape and Islands, up to 80 mph on the outer Cape and Nantucket, 45-55mph in Boston, 25-45 mph in central MA, and 15-25 in western MA.

 

Coastal Flooding: Moderate flooding and significant beach erosion is likely to occur with pockets of major flooding on northeast-facing shorelines. A 3 – 3 ½ foot storm surge and 20 – 25 foot offshore wave activity is expected. The greatest impact will be during the Tuesday morning high tide (4-5 AM), with anticipated flooding of shoreline roads, damage to vulnerable structures and severe beach erosion.  The Tuesday afternoon high tide, while not as high as the morning high tide, will have higher wave activity and is expected to bring moderate flooding and beach erosion.

 

Wind Chills: 0 to -5 degrees in western/central MA throughout the storm.

 

Power Outages: Widespread power outages, potentially lasting multiple days, are possible with this storm.


 

From NSTAR:

According to the National Weather Service, a significant winter storm is predicted to arrive on Monday, and is anticipated to continue through the day on Tuesday. NSTAR is prepared to respond quickly, and we want to make sure you have the information you need to be prepared.

If you lose service, please call us at  800-592-2000, or report the outage on your mobile device or home computer via nstar.com. It's important that you report an outage even if you think your neighbors may have already reported it. The more information we have, the more thorough our assessment of damage will be, ensuring repairs are expedited.

Most important, please stay safe. If you see a downed power line, always assume it's live; do not go near it, and never drive over the line.

Please know that NSTAR is ready for the storm and we are working around the clock for you and all of our customers.

Thank you.

Helpful Hints

Prepare a storm kit and keep it handy. Visit our website for a list of supplies.

If you use a generator, follow all safety precautions provided by the manufacturer.

If you use a cell phone, save your power or have a plan to be able to charge the phone.

Gather all necessary medications and make sure you have an adequate supply.

If you rely on oxygen please be sure you have an ample supply on hand.

If you, a friend or family member relies on electricity for life support devices, well water or refrigeration for medications, please make preparations now to switch to a backup source or move to an alternate location. It's also a good idea to have a battery back-up for medical equipment.

For information on emergency disaster services including shelters, please contact the American Red Cross by dialing 877-287-3327 or online at www.redcross.org.