Gov. Baker urging people to stay off the roads

The state transportation agency deployed 1,900 pieces of equipment Monday

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and the Islands are expecting up to one foot or more of snow. The Governor is taking no chances when it comes to public safety.

It’s finally beginning to feel, and look like a New England winter. Governor Charlie Baker said Massachusetts can expect slow and steady snowfall up until midnight Tuesday. The Governor stopped short of issuing a travel ban, but he’s urging people to stay home so crews can clear the roads.

He said, “This is a storm that’s hitting parts of Massachusetts – worst case is eighteen inches. It’s over a fairly long period of time. I don’t think it justified a travel ban.”

State offices in nine counties were closed on Monday, but state employees in western Massachusetts had to report to work. Emergency personnel, such as: public transit employees, state troopers, correctional officers and those working in state hospitals still had to clock-in.

The State House was closed to the public Monday, but 22News found at least one lawmaker who had to brave the elements.

“The House has to have an open session every 48 hours, so that’s why we’re open today,” said State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus).

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Monday deployed 1,900 pieces of equipment and about 550 employees to clear the snow from the roads.

Governor Baker said high wind chills and frigid temperatures overnight can cause freezing and icing. He recommends you clear your driveways and fire hydrants before going to bed tonight.

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