Gov. Patrick urges private businesses to close Friday because of snow storm

boston national weather service snow snow storm snow fall
The National Weather Service increased their snowfall forecast for Greater Boston on Thursday evening. Boston is now predicted to get up to 18 inches of snow through Friday.
Credit: National Weather Service

State offices will be closed on Friday and Gov. Deval Patrick urged private businesses to do the same as a snow storm is expected to cover much of Greater Boston in more than a foot of snow overnight and early Friday.

“The point is to keep people off of the roads and indoors and away from the cold, which is extreme,” Patrick said during a news conference Thursday evening. He also cautioned people to stay indoors as the state is expected to experience “extreme” cold with wind chills in parts of the state to drop to -25 and -30 degrees.

Late Thursday afternoon the National Weather Service increased its snowfall estimates for Greater Boston. Boston may now get up to 18 inches of snow through late Friday when the storm is expected to finally come to an end.

As of 3 p.m., Chelsea had recorded 4.5 inches of snow and Topsfield was already covered in 12.2 inches of snow as of about 4:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The heaviest snowfall was expected to hit the Boston area overnight Thursday into Friday and parts of the coast were expected to experience blizzard conditions.

While Logan Airport planned to remain open, state transportation officials said a ground stop would be put in effect at 8 p.m. on Thursday and last through noon on Friday.

While Mayor Thomas Menino said that Boston City Hall would be open on Friday, only essential city workers would be reporting to work. Boston Public Libraries will be closed on Friday as will Boston Public Schools. The Boston Centers for Youth & Families will open four regional centers (Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mission Hill and East Boston) from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday for children ages 7 and older.

The state’s trial court system said that courthouses throughout the state would open at noon on Friday if at all. An update would be provided on Friday.

About 700 pieces of snow removal equipment was put to work in Boston while state officials said they had about 2,400 pieces of equipment out across Massachusetts.

Earlier on Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick allowed state employees to leave work at 3 p.m. and urged private businesses to do the same.

Many cities and towns, including Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, instituted snow emergencies on Thursday in anticipation of the storm covering much of Eastern Massachusetts in a foot of snow. Those snow emergencies and parking restrictions would be in place until further notice.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Cops release sketch of Madison Avenue jewelry robbery…

Authorities continue to look for a man suspected in a $54,000 jewelry heist at a Madison Avenue store from from last week.

National

Rapper affiliate of Wu-Tang Clan 'cuts off own…

Rapper Andre Johnson, who has performed with New York outfit the Wu-Tang Clan, is in a critical condition after reportedly cutting off his own penis…

National

Cleavage complaint: Disneyland staffer orders curvy mom to…

A curvy mom-of-three says she filed a formal complaint after staff at Disneyland Resort in California ordered her to cover up her boobs. Melissa Behnken,…

International

Canadian charged in 'Heartbleed' attack on tax agency

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man and charged him in connection with exploiting the "Heartbleed" bug to steal taxpayer data from…

Movies

The Cannes Film Festival announces its 2014 lineup

The lineup of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was announced this morning, promising the latest from a slew of usual (and some unusual) suspects.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 8

Sure, it's called Survivor. But this season should really be called 'The Tony Show.'

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

Going Out

Tasty chicken and waffles in NYC

Try some soul food goodness around the city.

NBA

Knicks wrap up season with win over Raptors

The Knicks wrapped up their season as it began — undermanned — but that still didn’t deter them from ending it the right way.

MLB

Adam Warren closes out doubleheader sweep for Yankees

Adam Warren navigated a tricky ninth inning earn the Yankees a 2-0 victory over the Cubs.

NHL

Marc Staal healthy, eager to contribute to Rangers…

Marc Staal remembers the feeling of helplessness watching his teammates compete for hockey’s ultimate prize and being unable to contribute.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April version

Wellbeing

This Week in Health: chocolate may prevent obesity…

Can chocolate prevent obesity and diabetes? Location of study: U.S. Study subjects: Mice Results: The positive health benefits of chocolate have been studied increasingly more…

Wellbeing

This Week in Health News: breastfed infants trying…

Are breastfed infants trying to prevent mom from having another baby? Theory: The act of breastfeeding not only brings mom and baby closer together –…

Wellbeing

Unexplained infertility may be caused by lack of…

Researchers have identified a protein on the egg's surface that interacts with another protein on the surface of sperm, allowing the two cells to join.

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.