What to Know
- New England will be impacted by a snowstorm on Tuesday that is expected to begin in the afternoon.
- Hundreds of schools across the region announced closures and early dismissals in wake of the storm.
- Keolis, the company that runs the Commuter Rail, says 350 personnel will maintain the train service.
Heavy snow fell across New England Tuesday afternoon.
NBC10 Boston and necn meteorologists have been tracking Tuesday's incoming snowstorm for days. It blanketed the region with fresh powder during the afternoon. The storm began to turn into a wintry mix as the evening progressed.
"As soon as I heard there was going to be a storm, I went to the store," Worcester resident Glenda Burgos said. "I got our bread, our milk -- all the basics and necessities."
Northern New England could see up to 18 inches of snow on Tuesday, while southern New England was expected to see significantly less.
The timing of the storm had a major impact on the evening commute in the area. Multiple crashes were attributed to the weather conditions.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said there is "very high confidence in a significant impact to the Tuesday PM commute." Officials are advising residents to minimize travel, use public transportation and consider working from home or leaving work early on Tuesday if possible.
Snowfall rates of between one to two inches an hour were possible at times.
To prepare for the snow, Boston had 38,000 tons of salt ready to go and 520 pieces of equipment to pre-treat the roads.
Worcester Public Schools canceled classes ahead of Tuesday's snow, while Boston Public Schools have canceled afterschool activities. Other schools in the greater Boston area have followed suit.
To prepare for the storm, Keolis said it would deploy 350 personnel to maintain the MBTA Commuter Rail. The additional crews will shovel the rails, sand and salt passenger areas and respond to any incidents that may occur during the storm.
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The MBTA plans to add trains beginning at noon to help people get home safely if they decide to leave work early. MBTA ferries are expected to operate regularly scheduled service on Tuesday and Wednesday.