By James Niedzinski
---- — GLOUCESTER — A steady and surprisingly persistent snowstorm has dropped soe 8-10 inches on various parts of Cape Ann, closing all local schools, snagging seveal roads and streets — and surprising public works crews that clearly did not expect its level of snow, or fury.
There were no reports of any significant injuries, and while some 80 customers lost power at different times during theh day, all but 16 customers in Rockport had their electivity restored as of 4:30 p.m.
The ost serious incident occurred off Gloucester’s Eastern Point Road across from Niles Beach, where police and other emergency crews responded to an accident in which a car sruck a gas line.
The accident occurred outside 68 Eastern Point Road, and a gas break and strong smell of gas led crews to evacuate both that house and to clear construction workers from the property next door.
NOAA’s National Weather Service, which had previously predicted 2-6 inches, confirmed that between 8 and 10 inches fell in Gloucester and across Cape Ann before the storm subsided before 4 p.m.
In Rockport, Sections of Penzance Road, Marmion Way and Beach Street remained closed. In addition, the storm surge this morning also flooded a parking lot near the Happy Whale on Bearskin Neck.
A power line was first reported down around 8:30 a.m. this morning at and caused about 65 customers to lose power in the Phillips Avenue area. But National Grid restored nearly all customers by this afternoon.
In Gloucester, approximately 16 customers were without power outages in the area of Whittemore Street, but National Grid crews responded and addressed those outagd by late morning as well.
There was a rash of accidents around the region, including a three-car accident in Gloucester at the ramp to and from Gloucester Crossing. Also, Rockporrt police reported an accident on Granite Street in which a car collided with a plow truck around 7:30 a.m. There were no injuries, police said.
Essex police said the Main Street Causeway was closed from 7:43 to 10:20 a.m. due to flooding, but has since reopened.
The storm did however, force cancellation of classes in the Gloucester, Rockport and Mancheste Essex public schools. It has also foced cancellation of tonight’s Cherish the Ladies concert a Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockort.
For full coverage of the storm, look to tomorrow’s print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily and gloucestertimes.com.
James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x 3455 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.