Last updated at 5:30 p.m.

Updates from the year's first winter storm

Jan 4, 2018

Schools, government buildings and other public offices are closed today, as the first winter storm of the year sets in.

Here are the latest updates from around the tri-town. This page will be updated throughout the day as more information comes in.


10 a.m.

Snow has finally broken through in the tri-town, after a morning of heavy rain and winds.

Currently, everyone in the tri-town has power, according to Eversource's outage map.


11:17 a.m.

A vehcile has struck a tree on I-195 westbound in Marion. Emergency broadcasts report entrapment of the driver. The accident occurred about a 1/2 mile before the Route 105 exit. State and local police are on scene now.


11:21 a.m.

Sanders and snow plows are are reported to already be out on the roads in Rochester, as the snow continues to fall.


11:27 a.m.

Power lines are reported as down near 663 Snipatuit Road in Rochester. Emergency broadcasts report that the lines are arcing. Rochester responders are headed towards the scene.


11:30 a.m.

Two passengers from the I-195 crash have been taken to Tobey Hospital in Wareham. The third is being extricated.


11:37 a.m.

The third passenger has been extricated.


12:02 p.m.

The Marion General Store is currently OPEN, until further notice. Stop in if you need anything, and can remain safe on the way.


12:24 p.m.

The wind and snow are still blowing something fierce outside, but as of right now, there are no power outages in the tri-town, according to Eversource.


12:27 p.m.

Another car crash has been reported between exits 19 and 20, westbound on I-195 in Marion.


12:45 p.m.

The driver of the car is reported to have only minor injuries. She is being tended by Marion EMS on scene.


12:54 p.m.

The first customer power outage of the storm has been reported by Eversource - one customer in Rochester is without power, according to the power company's outage map.


12:58 p.m.

A tree has been reported down on primary power lines on North Avenue in Rochester, near Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.


1:15 p.m.

Power has been reported as out on Cove Circle Road in Marion. Power is also reportedly out on North Avenue in Rochester, particularly the Old Orchard Estates and other areas near Old Colony.


1:23 p.m.

A tree has been reported over three of the four lanes of Route 6, close to the Mattapoisett line.


1:42 p.m.

Significant power losses have been reported in all three towns—Marion is the hardest-hit, with 643 customers lacking power.

Lines across Snipatuit Pond in Rochester are reportedly arcing blue lights and popping.


2:05 p.m.

Mattapoisett now has a reported 1,606 power outages—the highest number of outages in the entire Southcoast area on the Eversource outage map.


2:12 p.m.

Arcing wires have also been reported on Delano Road in Marion.


2:45 p.m.

Falling debris has reportedly damaged a home on Walnut Plain Road in Rochester.


2:50 p.m.

Power outages in Mattapoisett are down to 585 without power. In Marion and Rochester, 644 and 252 customers are without power, respectively.


2:53 p.m.

A dirtbiker is spotted riding through the snow in Rochester.

Arcing wires are reported near Gibbs Baseball Park near Plumb Corner in Rochester.


3:01 p.m.

A branch reportedly fell on a Rochester Police Department vehicle on Mary's Pond Road.


3:05 p.m.

The Rochester Police Department posted this video of a transformer fire on Neck Road. Stay off the roads unless you must travel!



4:22 p.m.

In Mattapoisett, 1,813 power outages are reported via Eversource. In Rochester, 251 customers are without power, while only 2 households in Marion remain in the dark.


5:30 p.m.

A transformer explosion has been reported on Snipatuit Road in Rochester.