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February 13, 2014

As storm arrives, Plum Island keeps watch on high tides


Annapolis Way resident Bob Connors said he and other island property owners along the water’s edge were always concerned when a coastal storm approached, but considering the likely short duration of the storm including only one or two high tides, residents were optimistic.

“I think we should be in good shape, but you never know,” Connors said.

With several weeks to go before spring, winter has proven to be particularly demoralizing even to the most hearty New Englander. Bitter cold continues to envelop the region with temperatures yesterday only reaching the 20s, far below what is typical for this time of year, upper 30s to lower 40s.

In Newburyport, Mayor Donna Holaday declared a snow emergency parking ban effective at noon today, meaning that blue lights around the city will be flashing until further notice. All off-street parking will be in effect. Any vehicles parked in on-street parking areas will be ticketed and towed.

Simpson said the region would likely experience a few inches of snowfall before it changes over to rain around lunchtime. But snowfall totals are likely to be updated often, as the snow/rain line could alter its course during the storm. Simpson said communities farther inland, such as west of Haverhill, could see more than a foot of snow.

“A classic nor’easter,” Simpson said.

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