Traffic ordered off of Massachusetts roads


Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts is banning all traffic from roads after 4 p.m. today, when the worst of a powerful snowstorm is expected to be bearing down on New England.

It's believed to be the first traffic ban in the state since the blizzard of 1978.

Boston could get as much as three feet of snow, which would break the city's snowfall record of 27.6 inches.

A forecaster says the storm is the type that "doesn't come along every day." Alan Dunham of the National Weather Service says it will be a "dangerous winter storm."

The heaviest snowfall is expected tonight and into tomorrow. Wind gusts could reach 75 miles an hour.

In New York City, where 10 to 14 inches of snow could fall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says plows and 250,000 tons of salt are being put on standby.

The snow began falling this morning, and it's being blamed for a 19-car pileup in Cumberland, Maine.

Amtrak has suspended its Northeast Corridor service between New York and Boston. Airlines, meanwhile have canceled thousands of flights through tomorrow.

One New Jersey town that was hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy has issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas still recovering from the storm.

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203-a-09-(Governor Deval (deh-VAWL') Patrick, D-Mass., at news conference)-"prepare for that"-Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says it will take some time to dig out from what's expected to be a huge snowstorm. (8 Feb 2013)

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197-a-03-(Harry Ross, New Yorker, in AP interview)-"we need this"-New Yorker Harry Ross says he's not making any special preparations for the blizzard. (8 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO NY2: This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. EST shows a major winter storm south of New England with heavy snow across the Northeast. A cold front extends back into the southeastern United States with rain showers. (AP Photo/Weather Underground) (8 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO NHJC101: Cars are stuck in traffic as a winter storm arrives , Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Newington, N.H. Snow began to fall around the Northeast on Friday at the start of what's predicted to be a massive, possibly historic blizzard, and residents scurried to stock up on food and supplies ahead of the storm. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) (8 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO MAGP101: People wait for a bus at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center as snow begins to fall Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Snow was falling around the Northeast on Friday, ushering in what's predicted to be a massive blizzard. Boston could get 2 to 3 feet of snow, while New York City was expecting 10 to 14 inches. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) (8 Feb 2013)

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