Gov. Baker: Prepare for a ‘very significant storm’

Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker says the state is preparing for a “very significant storm.” His announcement fell just short of urging businesses to close tomorrow.

“Based on the latest weather forecasts, numerous conversations with the National Weather Service and the team at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, we anticipate a very significant storm, beginning around dusk on Monday evening,” said Baker. “The peak of the storm is expected to occur between midnight Monday and mid-day Tuesday, but snow will continue to fall well into Tuesday night.”

WHAV meterologist Steve Lavoie said a blizzard warning is in effect.

“During the overnight hours, we’ll have snow which will be heavy at times. It will be very windy with a high between 15 and 20. Blizzard conditions are possible on Tuesday with a high between 20 and 25. Total snowfall accumulations will be between one and two feet,” he said.

Baker added, “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. We will keep everyone up to date on the storm and the state’s preparation and response efforts tomorrow and Tuesday and ask that all take the necessary precautions for this significant storm. ”