The Nor’easter blizzard has delivered heavy snowfall and strong winds as predicted in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker said at a news conference Saturday.
More than 100,000 power outages have been reported across the country, and more are expected overnight due to strong winds, he said.
The snow fell at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour for several hours in many parts of the state and is expected to continue for the next few hours, Baker said. Southeast Massachusetts can receive up to 30 inches of snow, while the greater Boston area can get 2 feet, the governor said.
The snow speed is expected to decrease soon, but light to moderate snowfall will continue until around noon. 23:00 ET.
Supply personnel are doing damage assessments and will begin work to restore power when the wind drops below 35 mph, Energy and Environment Minister Katie Theoharides said during the press release.
Baker said the crews will work all night until early tomorrow to clear the snow. About 3,000 pieces of snow removal equipment are in use throughout the state, he said. The governor said it will take until at least mid-Sunday morning before the roads are in better condition for motorists.
The Massachusetts governor said the tractor and trailer ban on all interstate highways will remain in effect until 6 p.m. 23:59 Saturday.