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Winter Blizzard Buries Massachusetts

A man clears a sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Brookline. (Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

A man clears a sidewalk in front of an apartment building in Brookline. (Jeremy Bernfeld for WBUR)

BOSTON — After the first major storm of winter, Bostonians are walking in a winter wonderland.

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency asked commuters and travelers to stay off the roads if possible, as the state dug itself out of a furious winter storm that dumped snow on the entire eastern seaboard, from Delaware to Maine.

Massachusetts is under a state of emergency and a blizzard warning is in effect for much of the state until noon Monday.

Authorities had enough warning to get ahead of the snow, but crews continued to work to uncover roads and rail lines.

“If folks have to travel today, take public transportation,” MEMA’s Peter Judge said. “And if you can delay your travel until later in the day when we can get these things cleaned up it’s going to be to everyone’s benefit.”

Logan Airport is open through the storm, but most flights in and out of the airport are cancelled. Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said airlines are struggling to get their flights back on schedule.

“JFK, Laguardia and Newark (airports) are all closed, so that’s adding to the problem,” Orlandella said.

Subways and commuter trains are running as normal, but there are delays and suspensions along the bus lines. Check the MBTA website for T service updates.

Amtrak service had been suspended overnight Sunday, but the rail service began operating limited service trains between Massachusetts and New York early Monday. There is no Acela service.

Some areas around Boston are already under a foot of snow, with snow expected to continue throughout the day. High winds will continue to pile snow throughout the region, said WCVB-TV meteorologist Harvey Leonard.

Meteorologists expect “still very powerful winds, gusting over 50 miles an hour,” Leonard said. “A blizzard warning is going to continue through the day. We have blowing snow, drifting snow, and we still have bands of moderate to heavy snow rotating in from off the ocean.”

Many low-lying roads in coastal areas are flooded, and in Scituate, public safety officials have evacuated a few low-lying neighborhoods.

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