Blizzard lashes Massachusetts
A BLIZZARD pounded Massa-chusetts with heavy snow and hurricane-force winds Tuesday, but state officials reported fewer power outages than expected from the winter storm and no catastrophic flooding along the coastline.
Two feet of snow or more was expected in most of Massachusetts by the end of the storm. According to the National Weather Services, unofficial snowfall totals included 30 inches in Framingham, 26 inches in Worcester, 21 inches in Plymouth, and 20.8 inches at Logan International Airport in Boston, which remained closed to air travel.
Eastern Massachusetts was lashed by ferocious winds during the storm, with some of the strongest gusts recorded on Cape Cod and the islands. The National Weather Service reported a 76mph gust on Nantucket, 75mph gust in Chatham and 74mph on Martha's Vineyard.
Governor Charlie Baker lifted a travel ban in the four westernmost counties but excluded the Massachusetts Turnpike. The ban on non-essential motor vehicle travel remained in effect in the rest of the state, and Baker didn't say when that might be lifted. Service also remained suspended on the MBTA and Amtrak. State Police Colonel Timothy Alben said a handful of citations had been issued to people for violating the travel ban, including the driver of a tractor-trailer that jackknifed in the Springfield area.
Shutting down offices
Powerful winds and heavy snow swept through Maine on Tuesday, shutting down state offices and forcing thousands of residents to stay home from work and school.
Meanwhile, Governor Paul LePage declared a state of emergency in Maine yesterday and urged residents to stay off the roads as the worst of the storm barrelled down on the state. The Republican governor warned that travel conditions could be "life-threatening" and announced that all state offices were to be closed.