Airlines are planning to halt operations at Logan International Airport early Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon, and possibly until Sunday, Massachusetts Port Authority officials said. Some airlines are offering refunds for flights canceled due to the storm or are waiving change fees for travel scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
With the exception of the Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo, which leaves at noon, there will be no international flights Friday. Airport officials expect Friday morning to be busier than normal as passengers try to get out before the storm hits, and then – nothing.
“It’s going to be a ghost town,” said Edward Freni, director of aviation at Massport, which runs Logan.
Amtrak is canceling service between New York and Boston starting Friday afternoon, and is also suspending trains out of Springfield, Vermont, and Maine. Saturday cancellations have not yet been determined. Affected passengers can get a refund or a voucher for future travel.
As people begin to hunker down in their homes, the governor outlined a number of safety measures, including obeying any evacuation orders, having plenty of food and water on hand, and getting a full tank of gas before the storm hits.
Officials said they are working with the Red Cross to open warming centers throughout the state for all affected residents, who can dial 211 on their phones for more information.
All four major utilities that supply the state have begun extensive preparation, and at least one of them, NStar, has canceled workers’ vacations and ordered all workers to be available, according to Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
He said the utilities are bringing in outside resources to assist with repairing power lines and restoring electricity.
Deborah Drew, a spokeswoman for National Grid, said about 600 crew members are ready to begin power restoration efforts, as soon as it is safe outside.
“This is supposed to be quite a damaging storm,” Drew said. “It’s very important for customers to be prepared for widespread, prolonged power outages.”
Around the state, residents sought to prepare their homes for the coming storm.
By Thursday morning, more than 300 people had visited Kevin Cunningham’s Model Hardware store in Allston.
The store’s shelves were stocked with 900 shovels and about 73,000 pounds of rock salt, he said, with more on order for Monday.
“This is our Christmas,” Cunningham said.
Employees at the Wine Emporium on Tremont Street in the South End were getting ready for a “busy evening” of people stocking up on distilled essentials ahead of the storm, said clerk Robert Walton.
An employee at the South Bay Home Depot said by phone that customer traffic was higher than usual throughout the day Thursday.
“Shovels, salt, we’ve got lines hanging out,” said one employee. “They’re buying.”
Many aisles were elbow-to-elbow with shoppers Thursday night at the South Bay Stop & Shop, and backed-up checkout lines moved at a snail’s pace.
“Seven o’clock this morning it started,” an employee stocking shelves told a passing customer.
Tisha Williams, 33, of Newton was stocking up on water and canned goods.
“I hope it lives up to all the hype,” she said of the expected storm. “You’ve got to be prepared. Better safe than sorry.”
Traffic was backed up around the state Thursday evening — the evening commute paired with people making last-minute storm preparations lead to the difficult driving conditions, according to the State Police.
After Patrick’s announcement that public transportation would shutter at 3:30 p.m. Friday, frazzled commuters on Twitter frantically tried to organize how they would get home from their jobs, or if they would be going to work at all.
One commuter waiting at Park Street Station, Deborah Reed-Coplin, 51, said she had anticipated the tumult.
“I’m not going to work, I took the day off. I heard about the storm and put in to take the day off,” the Dorchester resident said. “I’m going to just lay low and relax.”
Travis Andersen, Katie Johnston, Andrew Ryan, Erin Ailworth, and Martin Finucane of the Globe staff and Globe correspondents Colin A. Young, Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, and Lauren Dezenski contributed to this report. Martine Powers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.