Published On: Sun, Feb 12th, 2017

Governor Baker Urges Caution During Winter Storm

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today is urging the people of the Commonwealth to be cautious on the roadways, plan ahead for travel time and prepare for the powerful winter storm affecting much of the state this afternoon and into tomorrow morning, including potential for strong winds and flooding in some areas. The Baker-Polito Administration is advising everyone to avoid unnecessary travel as crews work to clear snow and treat roadways and encouraging people to use public transportation when possible and allow plenty of time for commuting.

“We are currently monitoring the winter storm impacting Massachusetts, including the potential for high winds tomorrow and flooding in some areas,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As the storm continues, we ask everyone to use extreme caution when traveling and avoid unnecessary driving when possible, allowing crews to safely treat and clear roadways.  We will continue to monitor the forecast and keep the public informed as the storm progresses. We remind everyone to please assist neighbors in need, and to help keep sidewalks and fire hydrants clear.”

The Baker-Polito Administration remains in close contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), National Weather Service, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and State Police (MSP) to monitor the forecast and will work to alert the public with important updates or notifications.

Highway Travel: As of 1:00 PM, MassDOT has 2,156 pieces of equipment and 661 employees treating and plowing roadways. Per MSP, the speed limit on I-90 has been reduced to 40 mph from the New York Border to IC 11 (Worcester/Millbury) with no tandems or propane.

MBTA: The MBTA, including the commuter rail, is operating today on a normal Sunday schedule and is preparing to operate on a normal schedule tomorrow. Commuters are encouraged to be patient, allow plenty of time for travel and plan ahead by checking MBTA.com/winter or @MBTA on Twitter for real-time updates.

Public Safety: Please clear home and auto exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide exposure and avoid downed utility wires. Also, please assist in keeping sidewalks, and fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood clear. If you should lose power during the storm, please visit www.mass.gov/dfs for safety tips from the Department of Fire Services on home generators, carbon monoxide and candle safety tips.

The State Emergency Operations Center at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is closely monitoring the storm and forecast to provide situational awareness.