Weather Basics is the topic of Sail MV's next Zoom talk, March 10, with Brian Whitely of Weather Routing Inc.
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A blizzard watch was upgraded to a warning Tuesday afternoon as a powerful ocean storm stayed on track to lash the Vineyard overnight with heavy snow, flooding at the time of high tides and gale-force winds. Cancellations were announced for Wednesday morning.

The Island awoke to a fresh blanket of snow Sunday following an overnight blast of more winter weather. Total snowfall overnight was 5.5 inches at the National Weather Service station in Edgartown. By afternoon sledders were out in force on sunny Island slopes.

An overnight coastal blizzard swept up the East Coast late Tuesday forcing schools, businesses and government offices to close for a day in the middle of the week. Then the thermometer plunged to single digits.

The storm will gradually subside after bringing more snow and high winds, the National Weather Service in Taunton said. Schools and government offices are closed. Roads are mostly cleared but drivers are urged to use caution.

The fast-moving coastal winter storm is expected to last through mid-day Wednesday, with the Cape and Islands receiving snow accumulations of eight to 14 inches. Frigid temperatures will follow.

Is summer the Island's true season or is it winter? A meditation on winter, formed during the recent blizzard.