The island of Nantucket was experiencing “significant flooding” on Saturday as the winter storm continued its path through New England, the police reported, and officials advised motorists to avoid several roads in town.
Elsewhere, along the Massachusetts coast, communities experienced stiff winds and moderate flooding, with coastal roads closed and parking lots inundated across Cape Cod and the South Shore.
A parking lot at Sesuit Harbor in Dennis, Mass., was covered in water Saturday morning, according to a Facebook post from the Dennis Police Department. There was localized flooding next door in Brewster, according to Christopher Miller, director of the town’s Natural Resources Department.
“This morning we did have some very high tides with storm surge,” Mr. Miller said.
Although the weather kept him from checking on erosion caused by the flooding, Mr. Miller said the town had seen “worse tides than this before.”
The next high tide at about 9 p.m. is expected to be lower than the morning high tide, but it will be hard to tell the exact nature of the storm’s effects until daylight, Mr. Miller said, adding that wind direction will play a big part in the effects on the coastline.
The town of Sandwich, near the east entrance to the Cape Cod Canal, often bears the brunt of storms, with winds coming from the northeast and waves driven across Cape Cod Bay.
With the worst of the storm expected through the afternoon and the evening high tide, there is still a chance for moderate to potentially major flooding, according to a Facebook post from the Sandwich Fire Department that included video of a flooded and icy road.
Kristie Smith, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Boston and Nantucket had both seen storm surges of around two to three feet above mean sea level. She described this as “moderate coastal flooding,” but “not even near historic levels.”