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'Don't Crowd the Plow': Drivers Warned to Stay off Roads

Strong winds and heavy snow could bring near white-out conditions



    Concerns about visibility, treacherous roads, and blizzard-like conditions in some parts of the state. (Published Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017)

    A blizzard warning has been posted for Cape Cod and other parts of the Massachusetts coast as a storm that has wreaked havoc in southern states bears down on New England.

    Forecasters say the snow could fall in some areas at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour on Saturday, with wind gusts approaching 50 miles per hour.

    Police in the Cape Cod town of Bourne warned residents to stay off the roads during the storm, as the strong winds and heavy snow could bring near white-out conditions.

    Nearly 3,200 snow crews were on the road by 2 p.m. to treat and clear state roads, according to Massachusetts transportation officials. A 40 mph speed limit was put into place on I-90 from the New York border to exit 14 in Weston.

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    Massachusetts state officials, including those from MassDOT and the MBTA, recommend people stay off the roads as crews clear and treat roads during the first nor'easter of 2017.
    (Published Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017)

    The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said isolated power outages were possible.

    Officials at Boston's Logan International Airport urged travelers to check with their airlines and numerous flights were cancelled or delayed.

    Up to a foot of snow was likely in the Boston and Providence, Rhode Island areas, with far lesser amounts expected in western and northern New England.

    In Maine, officiails have reduced the speed limit to 45 mph on the turnpike from the New Hampshire border to exit 53 in Falmouth in anticipation of slippery road conditions from snow. In New Hampshire, I-93 in Windham was temporarily shut down after a crash; it has since been cleared.

    Western Maine and southern New Hampshire could see between three to six inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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