Snowstorm updates for Cape Cod

Governor orders all roads closed as of 4 p.m. Friday
Defying the governor's travel ban could mean a $500 fine and up to a year in prison.

Editor's note: This page will be updated throughout the storm as information becomes available.



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From the Governor, posted 3:04 p.m.

Governor Deval Patrick has banned vehicle travel on all roads as of 4 p.m. Friday. Gov. Patrick signed the executive order from MEMA HQ in Framingham today. According to MEMA director Kurt Schwartz, this is the first such state ordered ban since the Blizzard of '78.  Emergency personnel, healthcare workers and such are exempt. The maximum penalty for defying the order is one year in prison. The governor's order is below:

I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, pursuant to the power provided by Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 do hereby issue the following order:

There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following: public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel, public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business, utility company vehicles and utility workers; healthcare workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services; news media, travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities, travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores. Given this 8th day of February in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen at 12:15PM.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

In keeping with the governor's order, the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) will suspend operations as of 4 p.m. on Friday. For questions or further information, call 800-352-7155.

From Cape Cod Healthcare, posted 1:07 p.m.

All out patient centers and services are closed/canceled on Saturday, February 9 including: the Bourne Health Care Center, CCHC Rehabilitation Services, C-Lab Service Centers, Fontaine Medical Center in Harwich, Rogers Out Patient Center in Mashpee, Stoneman Out Patient Center in Sandwich and Wilkins Out Patient Medical Complex in Hyannis.

From the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC), posted 11:26 a.m.

Cape Cod emergency shelters will be open at 3 p.m. Friday at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Ave., South Yarmouth, Sandwich High School, 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, East Sandwich and Nauset Regional High School, 100 Cable Road, Eastham. All three shelters accept animals.

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority will provide transportation to shelters as long as it is safe, according to REPC. Call 800-352-7155 for transportation to a shelter. CCRTA is suspending service as of 4 p.m. Friday. See the governor's travel ban above.


From the Town of Eastham, posted 3:57 p.m.

The Eastham Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, February 9. The Eastham Public Library will be closed on Saturday, February 9.

From the Town of Falmouth, posted 2:22 p.m.

The Falmouth Public Library will close at 3 p.m. on Friday. No word as of Friday afternoon on Saturday hours.

From the Town of Chatham, posted 12:45 p.m.

The Eldredge Public Library will close at 1 p.m. on Friday and will be closed on Saturday. The library will re-open Monday morning at 10 a.m.

From the Town of Yarmouth, posted 12:00 p.m.

The Yarmouth Transfer Station will be closed all day Saturday, February 9.

From the Town of Sandwich, posted 12:00 p.m.

Town office in Sandwich closed at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The Sandwich Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday and will reopen on Sunday weather-permitting.

From the Town of Wellfleet, posted 10 a.m.

The Wellfleet Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday. Open burning is suspended until recovery from the storm is complete.

From the Town of Dennis, posted 8:53 a.m.

Dennis Town offices will close at noon on Friday, February 8, 2013. All afterschool recreational activities have been canceled. A parking ban is in effect from noon on Friday until noon on Sunday, February 10, 2013. The Dennis Public Library and the town transfer station will both close at noon on Friday and will be closed all day Saturday.


From the Cape Cod Conservatory, posted 1:00 p.m.

The Cape Cod Conservatory (Barnstable and Falmouth campuses) closed at 1 p.m. Friday and will remain closed over the weekend. All Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra events have been postponed.

From the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe,  posted 9:48 a.m.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Election scheduled for Sunday, February 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. has been postponed. According to the Tribe, the Town of Mashpee has closed all public buildings this weekend, making the polling place unavailable. The Tribe will issue a notice for the new election date soon.

From the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, posted 9:37 a.m.

HYCC has announced the cancelation of several activities. Friday: Pope John Paul II basketball practice, Sturgis East Girls basketball game, Barnstable and Mashpee HS hockey practice, NE Junior Hurricanes practice, Barnstable Youth Hockey Assoc. practice, Rock Night, private ice rentals. Saturday: Crescendo training, Sturgis East Girls basketball, HYCC Learn to Skate program, NE Junior Hurricanes game, Barnstable and Mashpee HS hockey games.

From the Cape Cod National Seashore, posted 9:17 a.m.

The Cape Cod National Seashore will close at noon on Friday and will remain closed through Saturday, February 9.


From the Steamship Authority, posted 9:02 a.m., updated 1:50 p.m.

The Steamship Authority has canceled several trips  aboard the M/V Nantucket and the M/V Gay Head due to weather. Call 508-228-0262 or 508-771-4000 for updates. Trips have also been canceled aboard the M/V Sankaty, the M/V Island Home and the M/V Martha's Vineyard. Call 508-548-3788 or 508-693-0367 for updates. Visit the website for more cancelations and updates.

From Hy-Line, posted 8:57 a.m.

Grey Lady scheduled trips have been canceled Friday through Saturday.  Hy-Line hopes to resume service on Sunday, February 10. Call 800-492-8082 for more information.


From Cape Cod Community College

Cape Cod Community College will be closed Friday and will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 2013. The college will update information on their website as possible.  A weather hotline is available at 508-375-4070 for further updates.

Cape Cod School Closings

Barnstable: early release Friday; Bourne: early release, one hour; Cape Cod Regional High School: closing 2.5 hours early; Chatham: early release; Dennis-Yarmouth: early release; Falmouth: closing 3 hours early; Mashpee: closing three hours early; Monomoy Regional: early release; Nauset Regional Schools: closing 3 hours early;  Provincetown: closing 3 hours early; Sandwich: closing three hours early; Truro Central School: closing 3 hours early; Upper Cape Regional Technical School: closing 3 hours early; Wareham: closed.

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