Blizzard conditions hit Martha’s Vineyard

Heavy winds and blowing snow moved in on Martha’s Vineyard Saturday, leading to low visibility and whiteout conditions. 

Some parts of the island received up to a foot of snow by the time it stopped early Sunday morning. Even with the high totals expected, some people took it in stride.

"I lived through the Blizzard of ’78, that was a blizzard," said Leeann Styles. "This in nothing. This is absolutely just fun."

Despite the snow, residents were heading out to grocery stores on Saturday to stock up on supplies. The island is on a "Just in Time" delivery system, meaning fuel, propane and groceries are on a three-day supply from the mainland. Emergency workers also warned residents to be prepared, as the storm left around 200 homes without power Saturday night.

"Make preparations for power outages," said Dukes County Emergency Management Director Chuck Cotnoir. "Whiteouts could be a problem. Wind is definitely a problem, ferry cancellations."

Power crews worked through the night to fix downed power lines on the island. Plows are also be out, working on the roads.

About 50 homes are still without power.

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