A blizzard that could dump up a foot of snow in some parts of Massachusetts Sunday is battering Boston.
The National Weather Service is advising people to stay indoors as 35 mile per hour winds – with some gusts reaching 65 miles per hour — means the wind chill could go as low as 24 below.
Travel this morning, according to the service, will be nearly impossible and possibly life threatening because of white-out conditions and bitterly cold temperatures.
“This is a dangerous situation,” the service said. “Travel is not advised.”
MBTA service – all bus, commuter rail, trolley, ferry and subway lines – has been suspended for all of Sunday because of the blizzard, which comes after a historic 17-day stretch dumped more than six feet of snow on Boston.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has ordered a street reconfiguration in South Boston, turning some roads into one-ways to improve access for public safety vehicles. A parking ban in the city went into effect 10 p.m. Saturday night.
Some forecasts Saturday night had said the storm would only bring between a half of a foot to 10 inches to eastern Massachusetts, but as of 8 a.m. Sunday, Logan Airport had already reported more than 10 inches of new snow from this storm. The brunt of the storm is expected to dump 2 to 4 inches per hour on the eastern part of the state this morning through the early afternoon. Snow is expected to stop sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
This is now the third worst winter for Boston, in terms of snowfall, on record.
During the daytime hours today, accumulations of 8-12 inches of snow is expected in eastern New England. A coastal flood advisory has been issued for eastern Massachusetts between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday.