Massachusetts Braces For Major Snowstorm Wednesday Night

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There may not be a "good time" for a major storm to dump more than of a foot of snow during a pandemic, but Gov. Baker said the coming Nor'easter will be hitting hardest at night, when most people are off the road.

"We've not seen a storm like this in a while," Gov. Baker said Wednesday. "And I think we need to remember that, when making decisions about our actions."

While the heaviest snowfall is expected between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday, Gov. Baker urged residents to remain off the roads after the snow stops, while the Massachusetts Department of Transportation works to clear the roads for essential workers and emergency vehicles.

"The best and most important thing we can say about what people should be up to between 10 p.m. to noon tomorrow is, to the extent you can stay home, you should," Baker said.

With up to 18 inches of snow expected for parts of the Commonwealth, transportation officials said MassDOT has been preparing for months to work in heavy winter weather under COVID-19 protocols.

MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack said with heavy snowfall at its height, there could be only one lane of travel open on some roads.

"Conditions will likely be dangerous at times," Pollack said, including Thursday morning when a "flash freeze" is in forecast.

For anyone planning to get a COVID-19 test after the storm ends on Thursday, Baker said to check in with the testing location to see if their schedule has been adjusted due to the snow.

According to the National Weather Service Boston, in addition to the heavy snowfall, there will be strong wind gusts particularly along the coast up to 45 mph, and the Cape and Islands up to 60 mph, which may result in isolated power outages.

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Written by Brit Smith