State of Emergency and Travel Ban Declared; Boston Schools to Close

Governor Charlie Baker held a press conference concerning a major storm expected to hit the state.
Governor Charlie Baker held a press conference concerning a major storm expected to hit the state. –The Boston Globe/Lane Turner

Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts on Monday at noon ahead of a major blizzard that is expected to drop 2-to-3 feet of snow and feature high winds.

A travel ban will go into place at midnight Monday (aka 12 a.m. Tuesday), Baker announced. The MBTA will close after midnight and will have no service on Tuesday.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared a snow emergency and a parking ban in the city starting at 6 p.m. Monday. By 8 p.m., Walsh said the city would tow vehicles on main roads. Boston Public Schools will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday.

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“This is a top-five historic storm. We should treat it as such,’’ Baker said. “This is clearly gonna be a really big deal.’’

“We’re taking this storm very seriously,’’ Walsh said, and reiterated Baker’s travel ban at midnight. “I urge everyone to stay off the roads before that as well.’’

Baker said the plan was for MBTA services to resume on Wednesday, but they would revisit that decision after the storm passes.

Baker said there could be wide power outages and suggested residents stock up on flashlights, batteries, and food for a few days. Still, he expressed confidence in Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) officials.

“Now, we’re New Englanders, so this isn’t new to most of us,’’ Baker said.

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