Nor’easter mainly bringing rain to coastal areas, Cape Cod, but much of the state still faces a foot of snow
As the northeast hit New England on Monday, bringing mostly rain to the Massachusetts coast and Cape Cod, much of the state still faces a foot of snow between Monday and Tuesday, a declared the National Weather Service of Boston late Monday afternoon.
“Parts of the north mid-Atlantic to southern New England are feeling the increasing impacts of this intensifying coastal storm,” the National Weather Service said at around 3 p.m. are expected to peak this evening as the storm is expected to peak in intensity. “
Officials noted that parts of New Jersey have seen about 20 inches of snow sweeping the state; Massachusetts is not expected to fall as much, but the National Weather Service Boston predicted that several communities would see between 8 and 12 inches or more.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 5 a.m. Tuesday in several sections of Massachusetts, with officials still expecting at least 7 to 15 inches of snow to cover much of the state, a declared the NWS Boston after 4 p.m.
By 4:30 p.m., at least 4 inches had already fallen in Springfield and nearly 3 inches in Worcester, according to the National Weather Service.
On Sunday, the National Weather Service warned that “travel could be very difficult, if not impossible” Monday evening and Tuesday morning, noting that gusts of up to 50 mph could knock down tree branches.
Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials are urging residents to stay off the roads and avoid travel if possible. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has about 3,900 pieces of state and supplier equipment to clear the roads, the governor noted in a tweet.
Anyone driving during the storm should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of an emergency, NWS Boston advised on Sunday.