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Storm Surge, Large Waves Prompt Coastal Flood Watch for Barnstable

The coming blizzard won't just bring snow — Saturday morning's high tide could potentially damage shoreline homes, the National Weather Service said.

 

Light snow will develop Friday morning and will become heavy late in the day and into the evening. White out conditions are anticipated with strong north-northeast winds with gust up to 60 mph. The coming storm is expected to dump one to two feet of snow on much of the state including Barnstable.

The blizzard may crescendo into flood damage come Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has declared a coastal flood watch for the entire Massachusetts coast line — including Barnstable.

Forecasters say "numerous coastal roads" could become impassable Friday evening and during Saturday morning's high tide. It could be accompanied by large waves and a storm surge of two-three feet, the Weather Service warns.

Major coastal flooding could occur around that Saturday morning high tide. If that does actually come to pass, the consequences could be dire — "Some vulnerable homes may be damaged or destroyed," the flood watch says. It also warns that evacuation of some neighborhoods might be called for.

Stay with Barnstable Hyannis Patch as we monitor the storm.

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