Update at 10:30 a.m. -- Power outages were being reported across Cape Cod on Tuesday as a nor’easter picks up strength.
Power outages were soaring across Cape Cod on Tuesday morning as the third nor'easter of the month pounded the peninsula with heavy snow and high winds.
There were about 44,000 Eversource customers without electricity on the Cape, as of 10:30 a.m.
Barnstable was experiencing the highest number of outages with 7,792 outages, according to Eversource. Over 6,000 were without power in Dennis and Sandwich.
As of about 9:30 a.m., 3.3 inches of snow had fallen in East Falmouth and 2 inches in Mashpee, according to the National Weather Service. Peak wind gusts this morning were measured at 63 mph in Nantucket, 58 mph in Woods Hole and 49 mph in Mashpee.
Sandwich firefighters responded to a tree in wires that caught fire on Tupper Road, according to a tweet from the department. Orleans police also responded to a tree in wires that sparked a small fire in some branches at 93 Beach Road.
In Falmouth, John Parker Road was closed near Clark Street due to a downed utility pole and Carriage Shop Road at Whippoorwill Road is closed due to a felled tree, according to a post on the Falmouth Police Department Facebook page.
Route 28 in Harwich was closed between Riverside Drive and River Road due to multiple snapped utility poles in the area, according to a tweet from the Harwich Police Department.
Menauhant Road in Falmouth was closed between Maravista Avenue and Ocean Avenue due to a downed utility pole transformer, according to a post on the Falmouth Police Department Facebook page.
Maravista Road in Falmouth was closed between Reynolds and Mayflower streets due to downed wires, according to a post on the Falmouth Police Department’s Facebook page.
Main, Spring and Union streets in Tisbury were all closed, according to a Facebook post from the Tisbury Police Department.
Route 6A in Brewster had closed at Crosby Lane due to a live wire down, according to a post on the Brewster Police Department’s Facebook page.
Utility crews and emergency planning officials were gearing up Monday to respond to the latest in a series of windy nor’easters, this one with its sights set squarely on Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.
Near blizzard conditions are predicted Tuesday for parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
During a press conference Monday evening, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said the coast is expected to see heavier snow than other parts of the state.
Heavy snow is expected Tuesday with a total accumulation of 12 to 18 inches in some areas of the Cape, although there could be up to 2 feet of snow in Provincetown in the worst case scenario, according to the Weather Service. North winds of 30-40 mph with gusts up to 65 mph are predicted throughout the day with near steady temperatures in the mid 30s.
A blizzard warning for the Cape Cod area is in effect until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Based on forecasts, we’re anticipating that we’re going to have some added damage to our system, particularly in areas where snow will be heaviest and winds will be highest,” said Eversource spokesman Michael Durand.
An emergency response plan put in place by Eversource during a March 2 storm remains active and will stay in place as long as necessary in the wake of today’s storm, he said.
There were more than 100,000 power outages at the height of the March 2 storm, some of which lingered through another nor’easter that hit the region almost a week ago.
The flooding that plagued the region during a Jan. 4 storm and the March 2 storm is not expected to be as big a problem. Tides are astronomically low this time around, but a coastal flood advisory for minor coastal flooding or splash-over was issued for Sandwich to Dennis as well as Martha’s Vineyard, according to a statement from MEMA.
A coastal flood warning was issued for the Atlantic Coast of Cape Cod from Truro to Chatham, as well as Nantucket Harbor, for minor coastal flooding with pockets of moderate coastal flooding and severe erosion, according to the statement.
“We’re not worried about the tides the way we were last week,” Baker said.
Baker said he was primarily worried about the capacity of utility crews to respond to outages, given the amount of work they have been putting in on street-by-street repairs in the wake of the other storms that have hit the state this month.
This story is being updated throughout the day at the Cape Cod TImes website.