Major Snowstorm Wallops Massachusetts

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Storm Begins To Wind Down

While the storm is starting to wind down, WBUR meteorologist David Epstein says some areas could still see a few inches of snow overnight before the storm completely moves out early Wednesday. Winds will also continue to diminish as the evening wears on.

The sun will eventually break out Wednesday, and highs will hit the mid 20s. Here’s the latest from Epstein:

We’re also winding down our rolling live blog coverage here. You can get travel details for Wednesday morning at the top of this page, and check back to our homepage in the morning for the latest as the region digs out.

 

High Tide Comes Again In Scituate

WBUR photographer Jesse Costa captured this image during high tide in Scituate this evening:

Streets were flooded on Oceanside Drive in Scituate Tuesday evening due to a breach in the sea wall near 10th and 11th Avenues. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Streets were flooded on Oceanside Drive in Scituate Tuesday evening due to a breach in the sea wall near 10th and 11th avenues. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

See more storm photos here.

 

Travel Ban Ends At Midnight And MBTA Service Resumes Tomorrow

The state’s travel ban will be lifted tonight at midnight, Gov. Charlie Baker announced during an evening press conference.

“This is a very significant storm and in many parts of Massachusetts I think you can call it a historic event,” Baker said.

The MBTA will resume operations tomorrow morning, though some bus services will depend on the road conditions in different communities, incoming MassDOT chief Stephanie Pollack said. She warned that there may be challenges and delays with MBTA service and asked the public to be patient and check for updates.

Logan Airport will also resume service tomorrow with flights beginning at 6 a.m. and ramping up in the afternoon.

 

Checking In On Area Hospitals

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger has been in touch with area hospitals. Here are some updates:

 

Mayor Walsh: Boston Is Bearing The Brunt Of This Storm

In an afternoon press conference, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh asked the public to stay off the roads and remain patient as the city works to clear streets while a blizzard continues to hound the city.

“We are doing everything we can to get to every street and every neighborhood,” Walsh said.

The mayor also urged people to not drive or walk on streets unless they are emergency personnel or have an emergency situation. Walsh said they hope to reopen the MBTA tomorrow, but that decision won’t be made until tomorrow. He also encouraged employers to allow people to work from home again tomorrow.

“We’re bearing the brunt of this storm right now,” Walsh said. “We are still in the middle of a blizzard.”

The parking ban will remain in effect until some point tomorrow and Boston public schools could be closed longer due to the snow.

“We’re open to the possibility of closing schools on Thursday depending on our progress with snow removal,” Walsh said, adding that he will make a decision on further school closures tomorrow.

If you are out shoveling snow today, the mayor also asks that you don’t put snow back into the street and don’t forget to shovel out fire hydrants. Walsh also reminded people to clear snow from their car’s exhaust pipe. Officials said an individual was treated by Boston EMS for carbon monoxide poisoning after they were found unresponsive in a car that was surrounded by snow. Here’s more on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Skiing Into Downtown Boston

Marissa Stephens, 20, and Brian Alvarez, 22, ski across the BU Bridge. They’ve skied 10 miles today, according to Alvarez. “It’s awesome,” he says. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Marissa Stephens, 20, and Brian Alvarez, 22, ski across the BU Bridge. They’d skied 10 miles today, according to Alvarez. “It’s awesome,” he says. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

More of our photos are here.

 

Most Snow So Far: 32.5 Inches In Auburn

A trained NWS spotter is reporting 32.5 inches of snow in Auburn, the highest reported so far in the state.

Plenty of cities and towns in Worcester and Middlesex counties are at or near 30 inches.

 

Is The Storm Bad For Our Budget Gap?

According to Gov. Charlie Baker, no.

During his noon press conference, Baker said there is about $40 million in the state’s snow removal budget and he doesn’t believe this storm will worsen the state’s projected $765 million budget deficit.

“Our expectation at this time is we’ll spend a significant portion of that [$40 million] on this storm, but we had always built into our [projected deficit] number an assumption that there may be an additional requirement for snow and ice removal,” Baker said.

Baker’s new transportation secretary, Stephanie Pollack, said the February 2013 blizzard cost the state Department of Transportation $20 million.

But, as Baker pointed out, the good news is that not much has been spent on snow removal this year during what has (so far) been a relatively mild winter.

 

‘Blizzard Baby’ Born On Nantucket

Despite the massive blizzard and power outages, a hospital in Nantucket has delivered a “blizzard baby.” Cayden Keith Moore was born at 3:35 a.m. at Nantucket Cottage Hospital to parents Danielle Smith and Corrigan Moore, the hospital announced this afternoon.

According to the hospital’s Facebook page:

Cayden was born at the height of the blizzard just after the island had lost power, forcing the hospital to rely on its generator for power. He weighs 6 pounds, 4.8 ounces, and measured 17 3/4 inches.

Another “blizzard baby” was born in Leominster today after State Police rescued a pregnant woman whose car became stranded as she went into labor, The Boston Globe reports.

 

Latest Snowfall Totals

According to National Weather Service spotters, Westford, Framingham and Lunenburg are all buried under 30 inches of snow, the highest snow totals reported in the state so far.

As of 1 p.m., 20.8 inches was reported at Logan Airport.

WBUR meteorologist David Epstein estimates that eastern Massachusetts will see about another 3 to 6 inches between now and 7 to 9 p.m.

Check out our snowfall map for the latest totals.

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