A preholiday season snowstorm hit Greater Boston during Tuesday evening’s rush-hour commute, paralyzing traffic and causing an avalanche of cancellations, authorities said.
Some schools in the state dismissed students early and canceled activities, and Acting Governor William F. Galvin sent state workers home, as the storm swept swept into Boston just before noon. The snowfall intensified during the evening commute, and up to 8 inches was expected before the storm wound down around midnight.
The state Department of Transportation mobilized about 2,700 pieces of equipment statewide to plow highways and dispense salt and liquid de-icers, a spokesman said.
“The timing of the storm has made things a little bit more of a challenge in clearing roads,” said MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Globe correspondents Jasper Craven and Melissa Hanson and Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Nicholas Jacques can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.