Mass. Gov. Baker Announces Travel Ban, State of Emergency Ahead of Blizzard

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a State of Emergency is in effect for an upcoming blizzard and that a state-wide travel ban will be in effect at midnight.

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A statewide travel ban will go into effect at midnight across Massachusetts,  Gov. Charlie Baker announced as a state-of-emergency was declared ahead of the upcoming blizzard.

"Whiteout conditions and treacherous roads will make driving anywhere extremely dangerous starting around midnight tonight and extending through most of Tuesday," Baker said at a press conference at noon Monday. "I can't stress this part enough - stay off the roads."

He said that the only people who should be on the road should be emergency officials, transportation workers and government officials conducting state business.

In addition, MBTA service will run until Monday at midnight, but there will be no MBTA service Tuesday.

Baker said in a statement "that people across Massachusetts should presume that roads on Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday, will be very hard, if not impossible, to navigate, that power outages are a distinct possibility, and that most forms of public transportation may not be available."

Anywhere from one foot to two feet of snow, with winds gusting up to 65 miles per hour, is expected in the Boston area, with higher snowfall amounts possible outside of the city. There's also the possibility of coastal flooding.

Baker said the worst of the storm is expected from about midnight Monday to around midday Tuesday.

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