Baker: State is taking appropriate precautions for winter weather

If you're driving near a snow plow it's important to remember that it's safer to drive behind the plow

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON Mass. (WWLP) – We got a taste Tuesday of what may be in store for us this winter.

Outside the State House in Boston the roads were a slushy mess. Most of the snow has melted. Governor Charlie Baker said he’s treating this as a “tier one storm.”

The state Department of Transportation has created five levels for weather conditions. “Tier 1” is the lowest in the rankings and “tier five” represents the most extreme snowstorms.

Although there hasn’t been much snowfall in Boston, the state has been preparing for the first sign of snow for quite some time now. MassDOT used more than 1500 pieces of equipment to clear snow off state highways Tuesday.

Governor Charlie Baker told reporters his office is in direct communication with the Highway Department and emergency personnel to make sure drivers are safe on the road. Governor Baker said, “At this point in time, as I said, we’re viewing it as a tier one storm and I think we’re taking all of the appropriate precautions to be ready for it.”

If you’re driving near a snow plow it’s important to remember that it’s safer to drive behind the plow rather than try to pass it. And you’ll want to stay 200 feet back.

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