After snow storm, state warns of extreme cold, forecasted rain
As much of Massachusetts and Greater Boston dug out from at least a foot of snow and started to return to normal after the late-week storm, state officials continued on Friday to warn of other concerns: extreme cold and upcoming rain.
Speaking on Friday from the state’s emergency management headquarters in Framingham, Gov. Deval Patrick warned people not to go outdoors if they can Friday night as extreme cold was expected to continue. A Wind Chill Advisory was issued for parts of the state and Boston was expected to drop to -1 degrees Friday night with a wind chill of -11 degrees. Some parts of the state could come close to -20 degrees with a wind chill.
“These are dangers conditions. They’re potentially dangerous temperatures for everybody,” Patrick said.
He also warned people of forecasted rain for Sunday night into Monday. While the snow that fell Thursday and Friday was light, rain could change that. He urged people to remove snow from their decks and roofs if they could do so safely.
Fewer than 100 power outages were reported. There was one request for a rescue in Duxbury, one of several coastal communities that experienced flooding during the storm.
Much of Eastern Massachusetts was covered in more than a foot of snow and some places were digging out from under two feet. As of Friday morning, Logan Airport had recorded 14.6 inches of snow, while Topsfield measured 23.5 inches and Rockland received 16 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Patrick also thanked people for staying off of the roads during the storm and for private businesses for letting employees stay or work from home. He said it made an “enormous” difference for the cleanup effort.
Cities and towns were beginning to lift their snow emergencies as plows finishes clearing the roadways. Somerville was lifting its snow emergency at 4 p.m. In Cambridge, the snow emergency would be in effect until 5 p.m. Boston is lifting its snow emergency and parking ban at 5 p.m., meaning space savers would have until Sunday evening before being removed.
State transportation officials on Friday also lifted the speed reduction that was in place during the storm along Interstate 90 from the New York border to Boston.
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