Lingering ice, coastal flooding big concerns as New England prepares for snowstorm

HINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) – As coastal areas along the South Shore prepare for potential blizzard conditions on Thursday, Hingham will be left without ferry service until further notice due icy conditions.

The 10-inch ice cover on Hingham Bay has damaged a ferry dock. As a result of the conditions, transit officials suspended ferry service to Boston. With damaging winds and blinding snow in the forecast, it may be awhile before the service is restored.

The MBTA is offering free shuttle bus transport to the local commuter rail station. Ferry service from Hull has not been interrupted.

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At Eastern Salt in Chelsea, 65,000 tons of road salt was unloaded in advance of the approaching snowstorm. Trucks plan to deliver the salt to more than 100 DPW yards across the state.

Plow trucks are gearing up across eastern Massachusetts, where the storm is expected to be the most intense. Coastal flooding is also a huge concern along the South Shore. In Marshfield, town officials said they hope the newly-repaired seawall holds off the worst of the flooding.

It is unknown when ferry service will be restored. In the meantime, buses are bringing commuters to the Commuter Rail station.

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